For once, Apple is making it easier to repair your broken iPhone screen
Here's something you don't read every day: Apple makes it easier to repair your broken iPhone 13. It's a rare example of Apple retreating from one of its hostile gestures that repair the right attack.
With the release of the iPhone 13, repair experts and enthusiasts quickly realized that changing the display would stop Face ID - you know, the most important security feature of the phone - from fully functioning. .
In order to maintain the functionality of Face ID, repair shops had to remove a small chip from the original screen, making it difficult to repair what is likely to be repaired; IFixit goes into more detail on the topic here. Naturally, the move was accomplished with plenty of backlash.
But the chip is not really necessary; Apple Face ID authorized repair shops would be able to work with software workflows.
Then everything changed when The Verge announced that Apple was going to eliminate this requirement; the article notes Apple “software update will reveal that you do not need to turn on the microcontroller to keep Face ID working after screen swapping. ”
Unfortunately, Apple did not say when the software update would be available. However, it remains a real hope for a company that in many ways has been catalyzing the current hostility of the industry to consumer repairs.
It’s not the only sign that Apple is changing either. The new MacBook Pros is not only ultimately focused on the needs of professional users - ports! - Laptops are easier to repair too. Well, a small easier, but it is an improvement nonetheless; the battery cells are much easier to remove than in previous versions.
It shouldn't be news that Apple is retreating from a hostile replay option, but here we are. Just showing that putting a little pressure on the big companies can, perhaps, make an impact.