Last week, we reported that Apple would soon be able to fix Face ID on iPhone without replacing the entire device. Now, an internal memo suggests the components to facilitate this repair are rolling out to Apple Stores and authorized repair partners.
Based on details in an internal Apple memo, MacRumors reports that the Cupertino giant has started shipping the requisite parts for the True Depth Camera system repair on iPhone. The new component will make iPhone repairs more affordable and environmentally friendly because only the problematic element would be swapped instead of a whole-unit replacement.
The report claims that the repair prices would vary by the service provider, location of the facility, and the iPhone in question. Additionally, the repair can only be performed on all newer models that have Face ID, with the exception of the iPhone X that first introduced the biometric authentication system.
The memo reportedly states that the Face ID repair would be available in a wide range of markets except for Argentina, Barbados, Bermuda, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad, and Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela. So if you are an iPhone user in these countries, you would still have to pay for a total replacement if you damage the Face ID system. Apple’s memo doesn’t specify a timeline for consumer-facing availability for the markets where the cost-effective repair facility will be available.
Do you believe Apple will pass on the cost benefits of the cheaper repair to consumers? Would it make this new component available under the Self Service Repair Program? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section.[Via MacRumors]