iPhone 12 reparability test by iFixit reveals that the camera module on the newest Apple offering isn’t swappable. Whether the iPhone 12 camera module is transferred to another iPhone 12, it becomes entirely unusable. iFixit says that Apple could also be taking a look to come down tough on third-party repairs with this iPhone 12 camera issue. Furthermore, Apple’s internal training guide accessed by iFixit ascertains that this is not a hardware defect but is a software tweak that Apple may or won’t have deliberately introduced. The guide explains to authorised technicians that they are going to wish to run Apple’s proprietary cloud-linked System Configuration app to fully repair cameras and screens on iPhone 12 and later phones.
In its outline, iFixit says that when an iPhone 12 camera is transferred to another iPhone 12, it doesn’t work reliably at all. The outline explains that it seems that to work to start with, but ‘fails miserably in actual use.’ After the swap, the camera only responds to sure modes, hangs sometimes, refuses to switch to ultra-wide mode, and becomes totally unresponsive on some occasions.
It must be famous that the same behaviour does not get repeated when the iPhone 12 Pro cameras are swapped, and it only appears to be affecting iPhone 12 units. This generally is a software tweak that Apple may have by chance introduced, and a fix could also be rolled out now that the problem has been called out. Alternatively, provided Apple’s known discouragement against repairing its devices with third-party technicians, this little tweak – whether introduced deliberately – doesn’t come as too much of a surprise.
iFixit also dug into Apple’s authorised internal training guides for iPhone 12. It explicitly tells technicians that starting with iPhone 12, they are going to wish to run Apple’s proprietary cloud-linked System Configuration app to fully repair cameras and screens.
Prior to now, display issues were reported when technicians tried to swap LCD screen on iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 Plus. This used to be because Apple used three different manufacturers for these phones. It remains to be seen if a similar unplanned issue plagues iPhone 12, or whether Apple is deliberately discouraging third-party repairs. iFixit earlier gave it a repairability score of 6 out of 10, but is now reconsidering it after the new camera replacement issue emerged.
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