Danish Kapoor
Danish Kapoor

Apple makes it possible to repair iPhones with used original parts

Apple offers new solutions for self-service and independent repair programs launched for iPhones. It will now be possible for iPhone owners to repair their phones with used original parts. Such an opportunity did not exist before.

This possibility becomes available thanks to a new process called “part calibration”. Now a used part installed in another iPhone will go through this process and will be able to work without any restrictions if it is original.

Thus, users or independent service points will be able to replace parts with parts taken from other iPhones. This support will first be available for certain iPhone models in the fall. The company emphasizes that used original parts “will benefit from all the functionality and safety provided by the original factory calibration, just like new original parts.”

Apple continues to defend its “track matching” practice, saying it is “critical to protecting the privacy, security and security” of the iPhone. The process in question can be defined as “confirming whether the repaired part is original or not and collecting information about the part.” If you've ever tried to replace an iPhone part with a part used in another iPhone, that's posed a problem because the part is “paired” to the original iPhone it was used on.

The company has been working for the last two years to even enable the reuse of parts such as the biometric sensors used for Face ID or Touch ID, and starting this fall, the calibration of all parts will be performed on the device once the part is installed. Future iPhones will come with support for used biometric sensors, and customers and service providers will no longer need to provide the device's serial number when ordering parts that do not require replacement of the logic board.

Apple is also expanding Activation Lock to include iPhone parts to prevent stolen iPhones from being disassembled. Therefore, if a device under repair detects that a supported part was taken from another device with Activation Lock or Lost Mode enabled, the calibration of that part will be restricted once it is installed on the new phone.

Apple also boasts about the uniqueness of its Parts and Service history feature

Apple also boasts about the uniqueness of the Parts and Service history feature in Settings in iOS. This feature allows second or third owners of iPhones to access their entire parts and repair history. Parts and Service history will be expanded this fall to also show whether a part is a new or used original part.


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