Apple working on a software update to enable Face ID after third party iPhone 13 screen repairs

Michail, 10 November 2021

Last week iFixit found out that unauthorized screen repairs on the brand new iPhone 13 series render Face ID useless. This is due to a tiny new control chip implemented in the flex cable connecting the screens on the phones that links each display to its unique motherboard. This meant that all repair shops not part of Apple’s Independent Repair Program would be forced to desolder the small chip from the broken screen and then re-solder it on the new display – a process which would take plenty of time and effort as well as special equipment not available in most repair shops.

The new chip next to the cameras, display and a grain of rice (image: iFixit)
The new chip next to the cameras, display and a grain of rice (image: iFixit)

Apple has now clarified to TheVerge that it’s working on a software update that will not require repairs to transfer the microcontroller chip after screen replacements which is a big win for independent repair shops. Apple has not released an exact time frame for the update just yet but we’ll be on the lookout and will update you accordingly when it is released.

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  • Dro

yeah right. and Pixel 6 has the same problem.

Europe have "right to repair" rules, by the time this issue become known Apple immediately goes "we are fixing it" route possibly out of fear of triggering it. If apple got hit by violation of Right to repair rules, worst com...

  • Anonymous

its kind sad we have to mention "oh im not apple supporter, just want talk a lil bit good about it" just to void getting hate by all these people ...

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