14:03 10th Nov, 2021
It will now be easier to replace iPhone 13 screen without breaking Face ID | TechTree.com
It will now be easier to replace iPhone 13 screen without breaking Face ID
Apple will release a software update to fix the issue of replacing iPhone 13 screens.
Very soon after the release of the iPhone 13, an iFixit teardown proved that Face ID stopped working if the display was replaced by a third-party, unless a microcontroller was transferred from the original screen. Apple will soon fix the issue with an upcoming software update, so Face ID will still work without having to migrate the chip to the new display.
Moving the microcontroller from the device's original screen to a replacement is no easy feat — iFixit noted that an actual microscope is required. That surely put third party repair shops outside of Apple's Independent Repair Provider network in a difficult spot, since it takes special equipment and more time to replace a screen and swap in the microcontroller.
It's not clear when Apple will roll out the software update to remedy the problem, though questions remain over why the Face ID function broke in the first place if the microcontroller wasn't moved over. This controversy emerged amid a broader push by the US government to strengthen right-to-repair laws.
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