SMH: Apple Update Will Break iPhone 8's That Have Had Screen Replaced
We all know someone who has cracked their iPhone screen and had to get it fixed.
The large majority of people go to 3rd party repair shops. News is coming out that people who did that will have a broken phone if they download Apple's latest update.
The iOS 11.3 update breaks £700-plus ($700) iPhone 8 devices that have not had their screens repaired by Apple, sources suggest.
Screens repaired by a third-party do not have touchscreen functionality, rendering the whole device essentially useless.Sources say it is the latest example of the company's battle against people going to independent repair shops to get their devices fixed.Released at the end of March, the software update kills touch functionality on devices that worked fine before the update.
'This has caused my company over 2,000 re-shipments,' Aakshay Kripalani, chief executive of Georgia-based repair shop Injured Gadgets told Motherboard.
'Customers are annoyed and it seems like Apple is doing this to prevent customers from doing third-party repair.'
For many people, getting a device fixed by a third party is cheaper than getting it done with Apple.
The company charges £156.44 ($149) to repair the screen of an iPhone 6S, 7 or 8.Every phone is powered by a small microchip which is causing the issue.Sources suggest third-party screen suppliers have already worked out a way to fix the issue.
However, it means re-opening the phone and upgrading the chip.It is not known if Apple will release a new software update to fix the screens. -(Pheobe Weston, Daily Mail)