There are apples I have generously decided to come back from the trap of a coincidental screen repair that has become a face ID brick in iPhone 13.
According to a new report from Edge, Apple plans to release a software update that will eliminate the need to transfer a small microcontroller chip from the original screen of an iPhone 13 to be compatible with a new Face ID. According to the report, the transfer process currently requires “… time, special equipment and the ability to microsolder” —what is the spiritual opposite of what the screen repair process usually involves under normal circumstances.
For independent repair shops, the extra effort needed to replace an iPhone 13 screen while still keeping Face ID functional, complicated a common type of phone repair, which dealt a major blow to both the consumer and the professional repair industry. Last week Consumer electronics and how websites iFixit reported Extensive changes to the repair process, the shift “A dark day for both DIY and professional fixers. “
Justin Drake Carroll, CEO and founder of the Virginia-based repair chain The fruit is stable, told iFixit that screen repair is responsible for about 35% Of his revenue income.
“At one time it was 60%., A few years ago, ”Carroll said. “We’ve worked really hard to bring this image down, so that a revenue stream is not a big part of what we do. Clearly, this is still an incredibly important part of our business model. “
As iFixit points out, small repair shops looking to stave off financial disaster would likely have had to choose between two grim options: joining Apple’s Independent Repair Provider (IRP) Program, or collect a few quick microsoldering lessons and some welding gear. Fortunately, according to The Verge, Apple says that the expected software update will make it so that you “… do not need to move the microcontroller to make Face ID work after switching screens.”
While there’s no word yet on exactly when Apple’s software update will launch, independent repair shops and right-to-repair advocates are likely to be relieved.