Apple to Release Software Update for iPhone 13 to Allow Third-Party Screen Replacements Without Breaking Face ID

Recently, the iPhone 13 was found to completely disable its Face ID feature when a user switches the screen to a third party. This particular move by Apple is considered intentional and is one of its last-ditch attempts to limit third-party bug fixes.

The Cupertino-based company now appears to be addressing concerns about strict repair restrictions by releasing a software update for the iPhone 13. Replacing the screen with a third-party replacement will allow you to continue working with Face ID.

Apple Corps told The Verge that it will release an update that will allow users to continue using Face ID after changing the third-party screen on their iPhone 13. The exact schedule for the update has not been announced.

Earlier this month, DIY tutorial site iFixit found that Apple iPhone 13 users were preventing iPhone 13 users from switching screens at local stores by disabling Face ID. The website states that the problem is not limited to any particular iOS version and is even present in the latest iOS 15.1.

The key is unique to the iPhone 13 and difficult to understand because the Face ID module is completely different from the screen. Specifically, Apple uses the microcontroller available on the screen to identify third-party surrogates and then disables Face ID.

This will force iPhone 13 users to go to an authorized repair center if they don’t want to lose the functionality associated with it. Authorized service centers have software that allows integration of new microcontrollers.

The iFixit team found a fixable solution by moving the original microcontroller from the original display to a replacement. However, this process requires a complex facility to repair where micro-soldering is available. This is not something you will find in most repair shops in your area.

iFixit calls Apple backing “strategic success” for the repair market, as it will allow local stores to repair iPhone 13 displays – without tampering with Face ID and without telling customers to visit an Apple-authorized service center.

“Apple – and the many companies it inspires – will thrive with more blocked parts, more feature reductions, simply because their lucrative repair center can get the job done. “Services are still looking to the future with more micro soldering, more time, and potentially lower profit margins as they compete with companies that can fix their own cloud firmware,” the website says.