Not too long ago, it was discovered that due to the use of a tiny microcontroller in the iPhone 13’s display, unofficial third-party repair shops that tried to repair/replace the iPhone 13’s display would end up with a phone with Face ID no longer working. This is because the microcontroller needs to be verified and synced using proprietary software that only Apple and official repair shops have access to.
Apple later backtracked on this following the backlash they received, and the good news is that it seems that based on the latest iOS beta, the company is making good on their promises. According to DIY YouTuber iCorrect, they have confirmed that in the latest iOS beta, users can now replace their iPhone 13’s displays without rendering Face ID useless.
This is part of the iOS 15.2 update which is currently in beta, so if you’re not on the beta don’t go rushing out to repair the screen via third-party stores just yet, although given how new the phone is, we reckon there aren’t as many broken screens out there just yet. This change is a welcome one and it seems to be a shift in Apple’s policy regarding third-party repairs.
In fact, just the other day Apple announced plans to launch a self service repair program where users can purchase parts and tools from Apple directly, along with access to repair manuals, so that they can attempt to repair their devices themselves if they want.