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  • Apple keeps making third-party screen repairs harder

    arthurba said:
    MplsP said:
    arthurba said:
    I'm all for Apple making it absolutely impossible for "3rd party" repairs on iPhone.

    In my home town we have a Facebook community group.  

    Last summer, several people "lost" their iPhones at local beaches, and community members helped them track them down with "find my" (why people find this so hard I don't know).

    Last known location - a "phone repair shop" some 40km away. (and no, the police won't investigate, but I've no idea why)

    iPhone's are stolen regularly, and yet they are pretty useless to a pawn shop - so this is pretty much the only use for them.  And iPhone parts are expensive.  So I guess someone can spend a morning "collecting" iPhones and by the afternoon have a few dollars in their pocket.

    After iPhone's - the next most common thing stolen here are BMW's - and again, it's for parts.  If BMW could stop 3rd party repairs, they absolutely would, because folk around here actively campaign now "don't buy a BMW", which I doubt BMW are very happy about.
    You do realize that the market for ‘genuine’ apple parts is inflated because of Apple prohibiting suppliers from selling them, right? If there was a viable source for ‘genuine’ parts the market would be different.
    You can buy BMW parts as "genuine" or "compatible", but it doesn't stop people stealing BMW's for parts.  Having "3rd party" suppliers for Apple parts is also not prevent the theft of iPhone's for parts.  Making the device irreparable (except by Apple) and/or the parts unuseful (as described here: the display can be replaced but it breaks Face ID) are significantly more effective strategies for combatting theft.
    Except most 3rd party repair are buying their screens from the same places that make them for Apple, in fact IFixit just did a screen swap from a brand new IPHONE 13 to another IPHONE 13 and found the face ID to not work, Apple has serialized the screens so they can keep charging excess dollars to fix it while good 3rd party repair shops are no longer competition so prices go up and consumers are forced to go only to Apple for repairs.