Soon after providing genuine parts to authorised service centres, Apple issued a second warning to consumers about using counterfeit screens, further deterring do-it-yourself repairs.
iPhone 11 (the 11, Pro, and Pro Max) and the latest running iOS 13.1 (Update: IOS 16) will display the message “Unable to verify this iPhone has a genuine Apple display” if they have a non-Apple screen.
It starts with a four-day lock screen message that won’t go away. Once the 15 days have passed, go to Settings > General > About to remove the warning. It is also stored in your “device information,” which Apple staff can access.
Like the new battery warnings, this notice appears even if you swap a genuine Apple screen from one phone to another. To bypass the notification, you must have a genuine Apple display installed by an independent or certified Apple technician.
Except for the loss of True Tone, which occurs with any display change not performed by Apple or utilizing specialised chip programming tools, the warning appears to have no effect on operation.
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Putting It To The Test:
We’ve put it through its paces using original components and iPhone 11 models.
These cautions did not appear while switching screens in iOS 13.0 or the beta version of iOS 13.1, but they do so in the final release of iOS 13.1.
We used screens from identical iPhone 11 models that were only a few days old, yet our devices came with warnings about not having a “genuine Apple display” since we lacked the software verification capabilities available to Apple-certified technicians.
We tried swapping the Face ID hardware from the original display to the replacement in the hopes of fooling the iPhone into thinking it still had the original screen, but the warning message persisted. Each screen, it would appear, is cryptographically paired with the iPhone it is intended for.
But taken on its own, this action does help clear up some of the shadier aspects of the iPhone’s secondary marketplaces. In case the warnings from Face ID and True Tone weren’t clear enough, you can now detect if the iPhone you bought at a steal or had repaired cheaply was hacked together. Touch response, brightness, and colour abnormalities, as well as how shoddy repair work could “end in damage,” are just a few of Apple’s many warnings concerning non-genuine displays.
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To Sum Up:
Yes, some iPhones do have subpar displays. We at celltech carefully select, test, and keep tabs on all of the iPhone screens we sell. That brings up another issue: the “Beware” sticker on a non-OEM part says nothing about the quality of the part.
We appreciate it when our customers take the time to confirm the quality of a product. It would be preferable to understand what makes a screen, battery, or any other component effective or ineffective.
More generally, this limitation is the sort of step toward repair anxiety and uncertainty that we feared would follow Apple’s introduction of its independent repair program. This opens the door for Apple to further corner the repair industry with only certified and part-buying repair shops.
This warning, like others about the battery’s health, transferring the sensitive components of Face ID or Touch ID and transferring True Tone, progressively fades into the background when you’re not using them, contributing to the impression that attempting a repair on your own is not worthwhile.
Apple could do more to help technically competent customers who are prepared to acquire authentic parts circumvent these barriers.
Our right-to-repair ought to be protected by legislation, the device after all is our property and we should be able to repair and service it however we choose.
Having access to 3rd party components and being able to install these components requires clear guidance and protection.