New part enables same-unit repair for iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini
What you need to know
- Apple is offering a new part for authorized service providers.
- It will enable same-unit repairs for certain issues affecting the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini.
As reported by MacRumors, it appears that Apple has figured out how to repair certain issues affecting the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 without having to replace the entire phone.
The new repair method will allow authorized repair technicians to offer same-unit repairs on devices experiencing power, logic board, and other issues.
In order to make the new repair process possible, Apple has created an "iPhone Rear System" that includes all parts of the device except for the display and rear camera.
As noted by MacRumors, the new part and process will allow for iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 units with an issue like cracked glass on the back of the phone to use the new part as opposed to swapping out the device completely.
The new part is specifically for the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone. It is not clear if Apple plans or is able to do the same for the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.