IPhone 12 camera module cannot be replaced by external technicians: report
IPhone 12 repairability test reveals that the camera module in Apple’s latest offering is not interchangeable. If the iPhone 12 camera module is transferred to another iPhone 12, it becomes completely unusable. iFixit says that Apple may be looking to be tough on third-party repairs with this iPhone 12 camera issue. Additionally, Apple’s internal training guide accessed by iFixit determines that this is not a hardware defect, but rather a software setting that Apple may or may not have intentionally introduced. The guide explains to authorized technicians that they will need to run Apple’s proprietary cloud-linked system setup application to fully repair cameras and displays on iPhone 12 and later phones.
In its report, iFixit says that when a iPhone 12 Camera is transferred to another iPhone 12, not working reliably. The report explains that it appears to work initially, but “fails miserably in actual use.” After the change, the camera only responds to certain modes, hangs occasionally, refuses to switch to ultra-wide mode, and becomes completely unresponsive at times.
It should be noted that the same behavior is not repeated when the iPhone 12 Pro The cameras are swapped and only seems to affect the iPhone 12 units. This could be a software tweak that Apple It may have been introduced unintentionally, and a workaround can be implemented now that the problem has been resolved. However, given Apple’s well-known reluctance to repair its devices with third-party technicians, this small tweak, if introduced intentionally, isn’t much of a surprise.
iFixit also looked at Apple’s authorized internal training guides for iPhone 12. It explicitly tells technicians that starting with iPhone 12, they will need to run Apple’s cloud-linked system setup application to fully repair cameras and displays. .
In the past, display issues were reported when technicians tried to change the LCD screen in iPhone 7 Y iPhone 8 Plus. This was because Apple used three different manufacturers for these phones. It remains to be seen if a similar unplanned issue affects the iPhone 12 or if Apple is intentionally discouraging third-party repairs. iFixit before gave it a repairability score out of 6 out of 10, but now you’re reconsidering after the new camera replacement issue came up.