Apple implements a change to its iPhe screen repair policy, in a 9to5Mac note (shared with iMore for the first time). Apple demstrates the need for repair centers to use calibrati hardware when performing screen repairs for iPhe 6s and later.
Calibrati is now achieved through software ly. This should make repairs faster and make it easier for more repair locatis to open up around the world, assuming that Apple is also easing its relatively strict approval policy for setting up new repair centers.
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When Touch ID debuted with the iPhe 5s, the home butt was cryptographically linked to the display and the logic board. If you replace an iPhe screen and digitizer without going through Apple's own calibrati process, this would result in an iPhe with a new screen, but a n-functial fingerprint sensor. The same applies to the Face ID biometric system introduced with iPhe X.
Additial calibrati steps were required when iPhe screens became pressure sensitive to 3D Touch features, starting with iPhe 6s. Until today, Apple had to distribute comprehensive repair equipment to its own Apple Store repair centers and authorized resellers to cfirm that the 3D Touch system is working properly.
The special hardware would claim that the screen reports the pressure correctly, and then other software diagnostics ensure that the biometric systems are properly paired and verify that the overall repair was successful.
Apple has now succeeded in achieving all calibrati steps using ly software, reducing the need for special physical hardware to be installed repair locatis. Repaired devices can now be calibrated by simply cnecting them to a Mac Mini or MacBook Air running the diagnostic software. This has several advantages.
It means that workspaces for screen repairs no lger need to make room for special equipment. The software-ly process is apparently also csiderably faster than the previous procedure, hopefully shortens the turnaround time for customers.
Finally, this makes it easier for Apple to roll out more licensed third-party locatis. Currently, screen repairs can be performed -site at Apple Stores and some external resellers. Apple has been reluctant to distribute the special hardware in many places, but it is csiderably easier to send immaterial software. No doubt Apple still has a strict approval and security policy for burgeing repair locatis, but it is a big step forward.
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