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Cheaper Self-Repair: Apple to Allow Used Parts for iPhone Repairs

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Apple is one of the pioneers of self-service repair program that allowed iPhone users to fix their device provided they will only use new and genuine replacement parts. But with the announcement today, the iPhone maker is shifting away from one key area of its stringent service process which will let customers and third-party service centers utilized used parts.

The planned reversal in its policy (via Washington Post) is said to commence starting this fall and will be applicable first with the iPhone 15 (review) models and the upcoming iPhone 16 before eventually supporting older iPhone models.

Which used parts can you use to repair your iPhone?

At the same time, parts that will be covered include used batteries, display panels, and camera modules. However, Apple says they intend to include biometric sensors like Touch ID and Face ID in future iPhones.

It was explained that they didn't able to support these biometric sensors right away is because they're building a new “parts pairing process” to tell if these parts were spoofed or that the security system within has been compromised.

Apple added that they are going to use an on-device authentication method to detect if an installed component is original and working properly. Essentially, users will be able to view their status from the settings under General and inside About. The change in the settings is said to be expanded via a new firmware once the updated program starts.

Apple Self-service repair program launched in Europe and the UK
Apple Self-service repair program for iPhone is now available in Europe and the UK / © Apple

Apple is also adding a safeguard through the existing Activation Lock system to avoid parts from stolen and locked iPhones to be used. For instance, if the on-device authentication detects that the parts come from an iPhone in lost mode or that is locked with the system, the iPhone being repaired will be not be reactivated.

 If a device under repair detects that a supported part was obtained from another device with Activation Lock or Lost Mode enabled, calibration capabilities for that part will be restricted.

Along with this new guideline, Apple is also changing how customers and service centers can obtain genuine parts. With that, parties won't be required to give Apple the device's serial numbers when ordering components except for logic boards.

Apart from paying less when using used parts, what else do you think are the immediate benefits of this change? We'd like to hear your opinion in the comments.

Via: Washington Post Source: Apple

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Jade Bryan

Jade Bryan
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I still remember how amazed I was when I first got hold of the Nokia 3210 back when I was a kid, and it was during that time I developed my love for technology, particularly for mobile phones. I started sharing my knowledge through writing in different blogs and forums back in Nokia Nseries era. I even make videos before where I put different phones side-by-side. Today, I'm still an avid enthusiast of smartphones, but my interests have evolved into smart devices and electric vehicles.

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