Saturday April 08, 2017

The iPhone 7 Has Arbitrary Software Locks That Prevent Repair

If the home button on your iPhone 7 breaks, any repairs will have to be done via Apple, as the company has introduced software that makes it impossible for third parties to fix it. Such a repair would require the fruit company’s proprietary "iPhone Calibration Machine," which sounds totally legit. Those who attempt to replace the home button will find that Touch ID and return-to-home functionality will no longer work.

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Apple has taken new and extreme measures to make the iPhone unrepairable. The company is now using software locks to prevent independent repair of specific parts of the phone. Specifically, the home buttons of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are not user replaceable, raising questions about both the future repairability of Apple products and the future of the thriving independent repair industry. The iPhone 7 home button will only work with the original home button that it was shipped with; if it breaks and needs to be replaced, a new one will only work if it is "recalibrated" in an Apple Store.