How to Check an iPhone for ‘Genuine’ Apple Parts Without Opening It
You may now check to see if any non-Apple components have been used in your iPhone’s repair with iOS15.2. Apple has traditionally put a lot of emphasis on utilizing authentic Apple parts for iPhone repairs. A new iPhone may not be of much interest to you; but, if you buy a used iPhone from Craigslist, Facebook, or eBay, you should check out the components and service history before deciding to buy.
It’s not uncommon for dishonest merchants to try to offer iPhones that have been repaired using components that are not authorized by Apple. iPhone battery, for example, may bloat up or even explode under normal working settings, and that’s not a risk worth taking.”
The term “non-genuine parts” can be a little misleading because Apple has a history of locking component exchanges between different models of iPhones. The display from a new iPhone can’t be used in another iPhone since specific sections are hardcoded to your device. iFixit discovered this.
Apple has made a good first step toward making it easier for users to fix their broken iPhones by enabling them to purchase authentic Apple components and equipment. Your friendly local iPhone repairman can easily see if the repair went as planned thanks to iOS 15.2’s Parts and Service History feature.
When it comes to checking the history of your phone’s components, which models have this feature available?
Comparing a genuine Apple part-repaired iPhone (on the left) with a non-authentic Apple part-repaired iPhone (or is not working as expected). Photo courtesy of Apple
Update your iPhone to iOS 15.2 to see your iPhone’s parts and service history. The iOS public beta version of the update was available at the time of this writing. In the meanwhile, you may wait for Apple to make the feature available to everyone. On the following iPhones, you’ll be able to lookup components and service history once you have that information:
- iPhone XR
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone SE (2nd generation)
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone 12 mini
- iPhone 12
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 13 mini
- iPhone 13
- iPhone 13 Pro
- iPhone 13 Pro Max
Your iPhone’s components and service history may be accessed using this method.
In spite of the fact that iOS 15.2 has been released, if your iPhone has been serviced, you will only be able to see its components and service history. It is not available in the Settings menu if you bought a new iPhone and it has never had any form of hardware servicing. Go to Settings > General > About, and you’ll find a section titled Parts and Service History.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the parts and service history option displays different information depending on the model of the device. Only if the battery has been replaced will older phones like the iPhone XR, XS series, and iPhone SE (2nd generation) appear. This year’s iPhone 11 series will allow you to check whether or not the battery or screen has been changed. You’ll be able to tell if the battery, camera, or display has been replaced on newer smartphones, such as the iPhone 12 and 13 series.
To check if a part is authentic, choose it from the Parts and Service History menu and tap on it. If it is, you’ll be able to tell by looking at the display.
A message titled “Unknown Part” will appear if the component is not authentic or if it cannot be swapped out. In this case, it’s possible that the replacement component is not genuine, does not operate as planned, or has previously been used on another iPhone. You can’t utilize legitimate components from another iPhone without a fault in the last one, so it’s not as simple as it seems. However, knowing if the part that was replaced is new is helpful. Most of the time, a new iPhone part is the best option for replacing a broken one.
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