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

10 November 2021
The workaround will help keep FaceID working after screen swaps.

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  • Dro

Anonymous, 10 Nov 2021It's a sign that Apple is afraid of Googleyeah 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 come to worst Euro nation might give apple either big fine or ban new apple that comes with this chip.

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 10 Nov 2021I find his one sided whining over Apple annoying to say the... moreits 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 ...

  • Refnor2000

IPhone needs a lot of work, they have sucked for a couple of years

  • Anonymous

tks77, 10 Nov 2021you spent a lot of time and effort to implement the feature... moreIt's a sign that Apple is afraid of Google

  • 6 Hunna

It’s a good thing I use an iPhone 3G. The new iPhones are pure garbage and can’t even compare to my RAZR V1 from 2004.

  • Anonymous

Crap! This must be a different reality😱

Anonymous, 10 Nov 2021I find his one sided whining over Apple annoying to say the... moreI also do understand Apple's intention of keeping their phones unharmed by installing unwanted or low quality replacement components, but if they also do care about giving users the option to repair their devices on their own if they have enough capability to do so, then they surely would've done something better than what they're currently doing.
Like I've said in my previous comment on somebody else here, Apple could simply sell genuine replacement parts for each iPhone models that they are still selling, and then provide a software tool for calibration of new parts on the phone, just like what Google did with the Pixel 6 Pro's fingerprint scanner. To make things even more user-friendly, they could as well publish official tutorials on how to disassemble their products so that they could give proper guide to those who are still amateurs in repairing phones.

It's ironic for Apple to promote longevity of their products and yet their practices are totally against such motive.

Wonder if they are doing this because of what Google did for their finger print reader.

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 10 Nov 2021Blind follower, try watching Louis Rossman once in a while ... moreI find his one sided whining over Apple annoying to say the least. Not because I'm some sort of Apple supporting zombie, but because all he does is whine over Apple 24/7 (he's kinda known to be "that" guy) just entirely ignoring Apple's perspective or perspective of security or second hand market. He's just 100% focused on repairing only. I admire his commitment to give users option to repair, but I also understand Apple and anyone who buys a used iPhone and wants to know it wasn't repaired in the meanwhile by 3rd party in some shed.

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 10 Nov 2021And by the way, Google has the same security measure implem... moreyes but android phones can be sent away to be fixed for some made up fault like 'freezing'.. Most oem's processes will make them reset the software or update it, and clear the FRP to test the phones (also for GDPR to wipe the data). This is for repair centres too (who repair on behalf of the oem). Apple wont allow this and it has to go to apple..

  • AnonD-1026261

Anonymous, 10 Nov 2021Because people are unaware of these practices. And the ones... moreIt's impossible in today's world

  • Anonymous

AnonD-1026261, 10 Nov 2021Yeah you guys are telling this since 2007 But sadly 😭😭😭😭 :... moreBecause people are unaware of these practices. And the ones who experienced underhanded moves from Apple are ignored by the press and get attacked by fellow Apple users.

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 10 Nov 2021Is it? Everyone keep saying how bad it is. Sure, from persp... moreBlind follower, try watching Louis Rossman once in a while to knock some sense into your way of thinking.

let them solve another problem which they created :)

Anonymous, 10 Nov 2021Do they, when on the surface it all looks fine, but really ... moreIf they really cared about the genuineness of the parts of their products, they can do what Google did with the Pixel 6 phones, where you can calibrate newly replaced parts of your phone to make sure that it's perfectly functioning on the device after it was repaired.

Another is that Apple themselves could've just sold genuine replacement parts for their products DIRECTLY from their own site and retail stores/service centers so that people will not have to resort to purchasing replacement parts from non-Apple or Apple-certified providers and end up with a fake or broken replacement component. They also can make repairs easier by not designing the phone way too complicated to be torn down or by means of releasing an official tutorial or guide on how to properly disassemble the product (and they could earn money from having many views on their social media sites where they upload these videos).

With so many ways that Apple could allow users to perform DIY repairs of their devices while still ensuring the integrity and genuineness of the product after a successful repair, it is clear as a bright sky that Apple doesn't intend to allow their customers, or other third party repair technicians for that matter, to repair their products because it will mean less income for them. If Apple really only cared about making sure that their products won't be tampered or repaired with cheap & unknown components, then they would've done it without having to trade the ability to repair them by their own users.

Let's just NOT defend Apple's anti-consumer tactics here, as it is not good for us when they succeed. The European countries are suing Apple for their acts like these for a good reason.

  • tks77

you spent a lot of time and effort to implement the feature so that you can disable it later. what's the point?

  • Anonymous

nanagdad, 10 Nov 2021A person buying a refurbished phone knows the risks. I for ... moreDo they, when on the surface it all looks fine, but really isn't? Apple's blocks kinda ensure that doesn't happen, so you kinda don't have to be an expert and take phone apart to figure it out...

Anonymous, 10 Nov 2021Is it? Everyone keep saying how bad it is. Sure, from persp... moreA person buying a refurbished phone knows the risks. I for one don't buy refurbished phones. But blocking 3rd party repairs disadvantages iphone owners from fixing their own phones once they crack the screen. This practice by Apple isn't ment to save the planet. If you stay in an area with no authorized Apple repair you just throw your iphone 13 in a bin once you crack your screen which can easily be replaced even by the customer but hell No Apple 👎

Anonymous, 10 Nov 2021Is it? Everyone keep saying how bad it is. Sure, from persp... moreIt is bad. It shows warning even if you swap genuine parts between identical phones. There are videos on YouTube I'm which 2 brand new same phones show warning and working with limited functionality (camera, faceid not working iirc).
Another issue is apple being very shady and making it super hard for 3rd party repair shops to access genuine parts.

Both of them actually affects the used market you mentioned.