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Apple to Allow Use of Used Apple Parts in Repairs

Apple to Allow Use of Used Apple Parts in Repairs

Posted April 11, 2024 at 2:40pm by iClarified
Apple has announced that it will soon allow customers and independent repair providers to utilize used Apple parts in repairs.

Beginning with select iPhone models this fall, the new process is designed to maintain an iPhone user's privacy, security, and safety, while offering consumers more options, increasing product longevity, and minimizing the environmental impact of a repair. Used genuine Apple parts will now benefit from the full functionality and security afforded by the original factory calibration, just like new genuine Apple parts.

"At Apple, we're always looking for new ways to deliver the best possible experience for our customers while reducing the impact we have on the planet, and a key part of that means designing products that last," said John Ternus, Apple's senior vice president of Hardware Engineering. "For the last two years, teams across Apple have been innovating on product design and manufacturing to support repairs with used Apple parts that won't compromise users' safety, security, or privacy. With this latest expansion to our repair program, we're excited to be adding even more choice and convenience for our customers, while helping to extend the life of our products and their parts."


Apple says its engineers have been working for two years on a method of 'pairing' used parts.

Apple teams have been hard at work over the last two years to enable the reuse of parts such as biometric sensors used for Face ID or Touch ID, and beginning this fall, calibration for genuine Apple parts, new or used, will happen on device after the part is installed. In addition, future iPhone releases will have support for used biometric sensors. And in order to simplify the repair process, customers and service providers will no longer need to provide a device's serial number when ordering parts from the Self Service Repair Store for repairs not involving replacement of the logic board.

The company also announced that it is extending its Activation Lock lock feature to iPhone parts. This could be a theft deterrent, but it also could lead to waste, as calibration of parts from discarded devices will be blocked.

Apple will also extend its popular Activation Lock feature to iPhone parts in order to deter stolen iPhones from being disassembled for parts. Requested by customers and law enforcement officials, the feature was designed to limit iPhone theft by blocking a lost or stolen iPhone from being reactivated. If a device under repair detects that a supported part was obtained from another device with Activation Lock or Lost Mode enabled, calibration capabilities for that part will be restricted.


Finally, Apple says it will expand Parts and Service History this fall to additionally show whether a part is a new or used genuine Apple part.

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