Apple’s latest iPhone 12 smartphone looks even harder to repair than third parties, according to an iFixit report. Specifically, the new phone seems to run into problems if the user replaces the camera module, making the cameras almost completely unusable.
The problem – first spotted by YouTuber’s Hugh Jeffries – doesn’t seem to be a strictly hardware issue. As noted by the rupture of iFixit, the iPhone 12 is actually a relatively good device when it comes to disassembling and replacing various key parts.
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The iPhone 12 marks the first iPhone to have these problems – previous models allow cameras to be replaced without problems, and even the iPhone 12 Pro looks perfectly fine. It’s not clear if this is a one-time bug or some specific oddity on the iPhone 12’s cameras. Previous iPhone models have had related issues, such as the iPhone 7 and 8 Plus, where Apple used three different display manufacturers that weren’t fully interchangeable. .
But even if the problem with the camera is only temporary, iFixit notes that it seems clear that Apple is seeking to maintain tighter control over iPhone repairs. The DIY repair site also claims to be familiar with Apple’s new internal iPhone 12 support manuals, which note that repairing a camera or display will now require its own internal application to configure Apple’s system. which was previously only needed to replace the battery.
And Apple has long restricted some aspects of iPhone repairs, such as its Touch ID and Face ID sensors, which are banned from third-party repairs for security reasons. But even if those components – which are critical parts for unlocking the iPhone – do have those additional security requirements that would require repairing only Apple, it’s hard to see how the camera or battery will require such restrictions.
It’s possible that this is just a glitch in the system, especially considering Apple’s past history of slightly unstable parts exchange and the fact that the problem seems to affect only this iPhone 12, not the 12 Pro. But given Apple’s past history of trying to lock an “unauthorized” third-party battery or repairing displays with ominous warnings, the camera problem here may be just the beginning of even further restrictions.
In a statement, Apple did not address the compatibility issue of the iPhone 12’s camera parts. Instead, the company commented that “We are committed to providing our customers with more options and locations for safe and reliable repairs. Our new independent repair vendor program is designed to give repair companies of all sizes access to the original parts, training, and tools needed to perform the most common iPhone repairs. These service providers have access to the same tools and repair manuals used by Apple and authorized service providers (AASP). “