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Apple makes major iPhone policy change

Updating its self-repair policy, Apple allows users to repair iPhones with used spare parts

By Web Desk
April 13, 2024
Iphones can be repaired with used parts from now on. — News 18/File
Iphone's can be repaired with used parts from now on. — News 18/File

Apple has updated its policy to allow users to use second-hand parts to self-repair their iPhones, Life Hacker reported.

The company announced the new update via a statement on Thursday, that some "selected" phone models will be able to repair their devices with used genuine parts while retaining full functionality.

Previously, Apple only allowed people to use new parts for self-repair.

Furthermore, another big change made by Apple is that users will not have to provide serial numbers to order new parts from Apple.

This means local repair shops can stack up parts based on demand which will be readily available to iPhone users.

The policy update will also apply to displays, batteries, and cameras.

In order to protect the devices security, Apple has announced to extend its "Activation Lock" feature to stolen spare parts as well.

In a statement Apple said: "If a device under repair detects that a supported part was obtained from another device with Activation Lock or Lost Mode enabled, calibration capabilities for that part will be restricted."

Even if someone does end up repairing their iPhone with a stolen spare part, the information related to it will be stored in the device’s Parts and Service History section.

John Ternus, Apple’s senior vice president said: "With this latest expansion to our repair program, we’re excited to be adding even more choice and convenience for our customers, while helping to extend the life of our products and their parts."