Repairing iPhone 12 cameras using replacement parts from other iPhones seems to be more complicated than ever. This is confirmed by iFixit and youtuber Hugh Jeffreys , whose tests have determined that the iPhone 12 camera “is completely unreliable when it is exchanged between iPhone.” When changing the camera from an iPhone 12 to another iPhone 12 it fails , gives problems and does not work quite well.
iFixit quotes an internal training guide that Apple reportedly sent to authorized technicians and that has been leaked. They assure from the platform that, starting with the iPhone 12 and its variants you can get parts from Cellular Screens, the technicians will have to run System Configuration (a cloud-based Apple software to verify the integrity of the replacement components by means of their serial number) to “repair completely cameras and screens “.
This, according to iFixit, makes it “extremely difficult to repair an iPhone” without the approval of the Cupertino company. From Xataka we have contacted Apple and we will update as soon as we receive a response.
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IPhones are relatively easy to repair, or at least to open. In iFixit’s own exploded view, it can be seen that almost all parts can be removed, that the joints are made with screws instead of glue and that components such as the screen and the battery are easily replaceable. The problem is that when replacing the camera, iFixit ran into various malfunctions .
Apparently, when switching the camera from an iPhone 12 to another iPhone 12, the device does not activate the wide angle, not all modes work and sometimes it hangs or stops responding. We are not talking about a camera bought from an external provider, but about a camera taken from an iPhone 12 put in another iPhone 12 , that is, a priori an official piece that previously did not give any kind of problem.
iFixit cites the internal training guide, in which it can be seen that technicians who repair an iPhone 12 (or any of its variants) must run System Configuration to replace the battery, screen or camera. When changing the screen it seems that beyond the notice that the panel may not be genuine (even if it is), there seems to be no problem. Rather the opposite is true with the camera, and the question is therefore why a camera requires Apple to authorize its serial number to function well .
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It is something that, as explained from iFixit, could make sense in key components such as Touch ID or Face ID , but the camera module “is not a security component.” In fact, it is a component that can easily be replaced by a broken iPhone 12. In the words of the platform, “putting an authentication control on a simple camera exchange poisons the iPhone repair and resale market.”
While it could be a bug in the operating system that can be fixed through software updates, iFixit believes that Apple has precedents when it comes to repairs with third-party parts and that the one that apparently now applies to the camera and the screen could be one more. There are reasons to think that it may be a bug , the clearest being that iFixit has not been able to reproduce the iPhone 12 bug on an iPhone 12 Pro . In a statement sent to The Verge , Apple has not addressed this issue but has stated the following:
“We are committed to giving our customers more options and locations for safe and reliable repairs. Our new independent repair provider program is designed to give repair companies of all sizes access to genuine parts, training, and tools necessary to perform the most common iPhone repairs. These service providers have access to the same repair manuals and tools used by Apple and Authorized Service Providers (AASPs). “
In any case, this matter once again puts the right to repair on the table . Both the European Union and the United States are working on legislation that avoids single-use electronic products, that forces manufacturers to facilitate the repair of products and that avoids programmed obsolescence via software.