Apple will open the iPhone to repair with used parts

From The Verge: Apple is finally making it easier for users to repair their iPhones with used parts. In an update on Thursday, the company announced that this fall, owners of “select” iPhone models will be able to repair their devices with used, genuine parts while retaining full functionality.

When repairing a phone, Apple requires iPhone users to go through a process called parts pairing, which makes them match the serial number of their device to that of a new part sold by Apple. If a user replaced a part with an aftermarket or used component, the iPhone would display pesky notifications saying that Apple isn’t able to verify the newly installed piece. In the case of Face ID and Touch ID sensors, the part might not work at all.

This change should do away with these notifications for used parts, as Apple says “calibration for genuine Apple parts, new or used, will happen on device after the part is installed.” It also means users and repair shops will no longer have to provide the serial number of the device they’re fixing when ordering most parts from the Self Service Repair Store.

The change will apply to displays, batteries, and cameras at launch. Apple says “future” iPhone releases will come with support for used biometric sensors, such as Face ID or Touch ID.

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