Well known among technology fans, the iFixit website is a portal in which its creators dedicate themselves to disassembling the most recent devices that have hit the market, giving them a grade in terms of their degree of repairability. And of course, as soon as the iPhone 13 came out, its experts checked whether or not it was easy to repair.
Break Face ID if you disassemble the iPhone 13 screen
IFixit’s opinion On the last terminal Apple showed that Face ID stopped working if the iPhone 13 screen was not replaced by experts from Apple itself or authorized by the company, but in a third-party repair shop. The reason? Unless a microcontroller was transferred from the original screen, which required having the right equipment, the smartphone’s biometric device suffered in the repair period.
And is that the iPhone 13 locate the sensor for facial recognition in the notch that houses the TrueDepth front camera. This notch, or ‘notch’, has reduced its size compared to iPhone 12, and also has modified the components that it integrates, They now include a microcontroller, found in the cable that connects the camera to the screen.
This microcontroller, the size of a grain of rice, It is responsible for facial recognition to stop working when a third-party repair service performs a screen change on iPhone 13. But this is something Apple will mitigate soon with an upcoming software update, so Face ID will continue to work even without switching the chip to the new screen: “A fix will be available in a future software update”, Apple pointed out the Engadget site.
The Face ID microcontroller
Moving the microcontroller from the device’s original display to a replacement one is no easy task – iFixit pointed out that a microscope is needed. This can put independent shops that are not part of Apple’s network of independent repair providers in a bind, as it takes more time and special equipment to replace a screen and change the microcontroller.
It is not clear when Apple will release the software update to fix the problem, Though questions remain as to why the Face ID feature was broken in the first place if the microcontroller was not changed. Something that has caused some controversy given the current situation, in which the US government is promoting new regulations to reinforce the right of users to repair their devices without depending so much on the official services of the brands.