iFixit: The iPhone 12 lens module cannot be replaced by third-party repairs

iFixit: The iPhone 12 lens module cannot be replaced by third-party repairs

According to foreign media 9to5mac citing iFixit news, Apple has introduced another repair barrier for the iPhone 12, which may further restrict third-party repair agencies to help users replace the camera module.

Technicians working with iFixit discovered that the iPhone 12 camera requires software authorization to operate normally after parts replacement. But the previous iPhone can easily replace the camera and use it perfectly without any other steps. iFixit said that the camera and display are some of the most common parts that require repair or user replacement. Apple is increasingly adding restrictions to its devices, and it is now difficult for uncertified technicians to replace or repair devices for the iPhone.

When replacing parts of the iPhone 12 camera without Apple’s official authorization, it seems to work normally at startup, but some malfunctions may occur during normal use. iFixit pointed out that the camera cannot be switched to ultra-wide angle and can only work in certain camera modes, and other modes will become completely unavailable.

iFixit stated that this software authorization can only be performed through the use of a proprietary Apple application called System Configuration. This application can only be used in official repair organizations such as Apple Store or Best Buy. This tightening of maintenance policies may further affect the third-party maintenance market, private maintenance, and parts recycling and resale.

At first, the problem was considered a bug, but it was later confirmed by the Apple repair manual that the new iPhone needs to run Apple’s proprietary cloud-related system configuration software in order to repair or replace the camera. Naijatechnews.com understands that this is only a new requirement for the iPhone 12 series, and other models are not affected.

iFixit: The iPhone 12 lens module cannot be replaced by third-party repairs

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It is worth mentioning that the document also states that the tool can also be used for screen repair certification, but iFixit says that when you change the screen, you will get a warning, but it may not be true. In addition, Face ID and Touch ID had similar maintenance policies before, but that was because they were connected to the iPhone’s security chip.

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