iFixit said that the inability to replace the iPhone 13 display without disrupting Face ID could have a negative impact on firms offering third-party iPhone repairs. According to iFixit, replacing the screen in the iPhone 13 will disable Face ID. This has been confirmed by the resource's experts in numerous tests on several iPhones running iOS 15 and iOS 15.1. Thus, if necessary, independent repair specialists will not be able to do so. Repairing iPhone displays has previously been done with hand tools, but the iPhone 13 requires a microscope and microsoldering tools or access to the Apple Independent Repair Provider Program.
The culprit is the small microcontroller that connects the iPhone 13 to the display. iPhone 13 owners or repair shops that are not registered with Apple's repair program do not have the tools needed to pair a new screen with an iPhone 13. Official Apple stores apparently don't face this problem because they have access to software that, according to iFixit, "can get the iPhone 13 to accept a new screen with a few clicks." Although some unauthorized repair shops have found a workaround, it will be extremely difficult to carry out the replacement. The soldered chip needs to be moved from the original old display to the new one. As iFixit notes, screen repairs are the most common and account for a significant portion of repairs performed by independent repair shops. And Apple's innovation could lead to the closure of small workshops.