iPhone 12 Anti-repair Design

Apple ‘s products have proven themselves as immune to teardowns and re-assembly in the past. The Australian YouTube repair kit Hugh Jeffreys has shared a new video that seems to prove that this is indeed true of the newly introduced iPhone 12. The UI of the system and the cameras displayed abnormalities in reaction to the motherboard transition.

iPhone 12 Anti Repair Design - Teardown and Repair Assessment - YouTube

Apple is apparently not a “right to fix” supporter, having gone over a lengthy period of time to ensure that consumers can use its designated service centers and also making sure that some of its products are impossible to reach in the first place. Vlogger Hugh Jeffreys has set out to explore whether the new iPhone 12 has indeed pursued this pattern.

From the beginning, the YouTuber ran into adversity by tearing down the first of these 64 GB internal memory SKUs. The adhesive holding the back glass on was found to be highly effective, presumably for water-resistance purposes (never mind that this protection would be undermined by re-assembling the phone in the absence of a replacement sealing).

Jeffreys also found that the 12, like its contemporaries, had cables that could snap when the rear panel could finally be removed without great caution. Then again, he found that a lot of the insides were very “modular,” even though 1 pre-rounded screw avoided a complete rip.

However, it was possible to change the motherboard of one new iPhone with another, simulating a patch. However, the vlogger reported difficulties in bringing the same unit back up after re-assembly.

Leaked iPhone 12 motherboard reveals internal design changes

When the screen actually switched on, Jeffreys got warnings that non-genuine parts had been added, which also triggered UI problems such as a new-found failure to display Battery Health.

The “repaired” iPhone 12 also immediately developed difficulties with its front and rear cameras, including the inability to use Portrait Mode, the failure of others to swap modes, and the complete lack of Face ID. The factory reset did not fix these issues: the phone continued to insist that the monitor and the battery were not real (even if they were not original). Yet swapping the phone boards back did fix the issues. It appears, however, that every 2020 iPhone monitor and battery is unit-specific, making the selling and use of new parts even more complicated and essentially reducing replacements to the purview of official Apple centers.

Here’s the full video of Hugh Jeffreys.

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