iPhone 13’s Face ID no longer killed by screen replacements
iOS 15.2 sees end of feature that stopped Face ID working on devices with third-party replacement displays.
By Macworld staff
MacworldNOV 19, 2021 8:49 am PST
In late September we covered the revelation that the Face ID feature on iPhone 13 handsets
will stop working if you replace the device’s screen with a non-authorised part. We now know that this ‘policy’ will soon come to an end.
As part of the upcoming
iOS 15.2 software update, it will be possible to continue using Face ID on an iPhone 13 even after replacing the device’s screen at home or at a non-authorised service centre.
A video posted by iCorrect, using a handset running the latest beta of iOS 15.2, shows the successful replacement of the screen without disabling Face ID. The user still gets a warning message that the system is “unable to determine if your iPhone display is a genuine Apple part”, but that’s as far as it goes.
This news meshes interestingly with the announcement on Wednesday that Apple will launch a
Self Service Repair programme early next year. As part of the programme, users will be able to order ‘genuine’ Apple parts direct from the company, so perhaps situations like this will become less common.
This article originally appeared on
Macworld Sweden. Translation (using
DeepL) and additional reporting by David Price.