The other day it was reported that due to an update to iOS 11.3, iPhone users found to have repaired their iPhone displays at third-party fix stores had their touchscreens disabled. The update was pushed out on 29 March, introducing Apple's promised iPhone battery health information, as well as the ability to turn off the slowing down of smartphones related to the battery following the scandal in December. If anything, demand for Apple's next-gen device appears to be strong, with Tim Cook noting during Apple's recent earnings conference call that the device has been the best-selling iPhone model since its release this past November. Apple has been known to make it hard for third-party repair companies to fix their products, usually asking customers to send it in to the official Apple Store.
With that said, UBS analyst Steven Milunovich believes that Apple's upcoming iPhone lineup will be considerably more affordable and that Apple will make up the revenue difference on increased volume. The move addressed criticism over how it handled performance throttling on iPhones with older batteries as a solution to unexpected shutdowns, but weeks-long wait times have proved problematic across most Apple Stores. An iOS update prevented the touchscreens from working on iPhone 7s with third-party repaired screens.
Last year, Apple released a red version of the iPhone 7 to commemorate the decadelong partnership with Product Red, according to CNNMoney.
The outcome is that at any stage Apple may break iPhones that have been repaired by third parties via software updates, effectively making its in-store service the only viable option.
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Repairing "other damage" costs has various charges.
Instead, it is more viable for fix stores to revert to the grey market, where they can obtain unlicensed pieces, which are often made in the same factories.