IFixit has previously disassembled and assessed the maintainability of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, and now they have discovered another interesting feature of smartphones.
As it turns out, Apple has introduced one technical limitation that will make it harder to repair gadgets, especially in private workshops. So, after replacing the camera, software authorization is required through a special Apple application called System Configuration, which only certified service centers have access to.
Of course, the camera can be changed, but without authorization, it may not work correctly: for example, do not switch to the ultra-wide-angle module, and some modes will be unavailable.
Previously, there were no such restrictions in old smartphones. Users calmly repaired gadgets in unofficial service centers, where they used third-party components or parts of donor smartphones for replacement. And such repairs came out cheaper.
By the way, authorization is now required when replacing the display. In this case, it works without problems, but the user will receive a notification that the screen may not be original.