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iFixit shared last week that unauthorized screen repairs on the new iPhone 13 series rendered the Face ID feature useless. This is because of a small new control chip implemented in the flex cable that connects the screens on the phones, which connects each screen to its unique motherboard.

This meant that any repair shop that was not part of the Apple Standalone Repair Program would be forced to remove the small chip on the cracked screen and then re-sold it on the new screen, the equipment not available at most shops.

Apple has now revealed to The Verge that it is working on a no-repair software update to transfer the microdenolelar screener chip after screen replacements, which is a big win for independent repair shops. Apple has not yet given a definite date for the update, but we guess that the company will not wait too long for it.


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