iPhone 13 requires chip “transplant” to change screen without paying Apple – Mobile – Tecnoblog

Right after the release of iPhone 13, it was found that the Face ID stops working when changing the screen of the cell phone. Apple in independent assistances. But there is a way to perform the procedure without disabling the face recognition tool by “transplanting” a small display chip during component change. That’s what counts the iFixit in an article published this Thursday (4).


iPhone 13 Pro Max Face ID stops working after changing the screen (Image: Playback/iFixit)

The discussion returns to the discovery about the smartphone made back in September. On the 23rd of that month, the YouTube channel Phone Repair Guru showed that, when resetting the display, the phone issues a warning that the screen is not genuine. But the biggest impact happens in Face ID, which stops working after the exchange is made.

Now the iFixit brought more details about the case. According to the website, the restriction is due to a small chip on the screen. This chip is capable of authenticating the display to the cellular serial number. If the part code is different than expected, the smartphone will not recognize the panel as genuine, even if it is original.

O canal do YouTube iCorrect demonstrated how this applies in practice. The video shows two iPhone 13 with original screens. At first, everything works normally even when the panels are loose. But when placing the display of one unit in another, the smartphone alerts that the part is not genuine and informs that the Face ID is disabled.

Limitation makes it difficult to change Apple’s cell phone screen

The limitation can affect just the independent assists. This is because only establishments authorized by Apple have access to the tool necessary to authenticate the new part when making the exchange. This procedure is performed through an app known as Apple Services Toolkit 2, which is restricted to the manufacturer’s partners.

Otherwise, you need to “transplant” the chip from the old screen to the new one for Face ID to work. But the process is complex and requires special tools to remove and solder the chip. In other words, in addition to being more labor intensive, it becomes more expensive for assistance that will need to specialize even more to perform this type of service.

“It’s important to note how completely unprecedented this is. Replacement of the screen is incredibly common”, pointed out the article in iFixit. “Tens of thousands of repair shops around the world support their communities by replacing screens for customers at competitive prices. And Apple is, at once, apparently bringing the industry to its knees.”

Yes, it's that little chip the size of a grain of rice we're talking about (Image: Playback/iFixit)
Yes, it’s that little chip the size of a grain of rice we’re talking about (Image: Playback/iFixit)

Consequently, it also becomes more complicated to make the move at home. Meanwhile, Apple charges almost the launch price of the Samsung Galaxy A32 4G (R$ 2,699) to repair the screen (out of warranty) on the successor to the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

  • iPhone 13 Pro Max: R$ 2.479;
  • iPhone 13 e 13 Pro: R$ 2.099;
  • iPhone 13 Mini: R$ 1.729.

“These prices refer only to repairs performed at an Apple Repair Center or at an Apple Store in São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro”, informs the company’s support page. “Apple Authorized Service Centers (AASPs) can set their own prices.”

iPhone 13 (Image: Playback / Apple)
iPhone 13 (Image: Playback / Apple)

Apple starts selling iPhone 13 in Brazil

The iPhone 13 is now available in Brazil. The new generation of Apple cell phones went on sale on October 22nd to the Brazilian public. In common, the quartet comes with the Apple A15 Bionic processor on the datasheet, iOS 15, Cinema Mode camera, 5G support and reduced notch.

The iPhone 13 and the Mini edition still have a 12 megapixel dual camera. The duo’s screen measures 6.1 and 5.4 inches, respectively, and maintains the OLED technology implemented in the previous generation. Additionally, Apple has increased the minimum amount of storage for cell phones from 64GB to 128GB.

The Pro editions have 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch screens, respectively. The highlight is the refresh rate that varies from 10 Hz to 120 Hz thanks to ProMotion technology. Behind, the phones still have three 12-megapixel cameras with a LiDAR sensor. You can buy them with up to 1TB of storage.

The iPhone 13 landed in Brazil with a suggested price between R$ 6,599 and R$ 15,499.

With information: Apple, iFixit, MacRumors and The Verge

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