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April 11, 2018

iOS 11.3 may break aftermarket iPhone 8 displays

by John_A

iOS 11.3 brought with it some improvements for your iPhone, including ARKit updates, new battery features, and a new message that informs you when it wants access to personal data. Unfortunately, if you had your iPhone 8 display replaced by an aftermarket part, iOS 11.3 might also stop it from working. According to a post at Motherboard, several users who have third-party displays are reporting that their iPhones are unresponsive to touch after updating to the latest mobile operating system.

As Motherboard notes, aftermarket fixes for iPhones are often a less expensive, and sometimes the only option nearby. Last October, a similar issue with third-party screens occurred, says the site, though Apple was quick to issue a software fix for the problem. “We don’t even do the 8 repairs this year, on purpose,” Ohio-based iPhone repair shop owner Michael Oberdick told Motherboard. “I had a really good feeling that something like this was going to happen again.” Oberdick says the issue is likely a small microchip that powers iPhone screens that stopped working for aftermarket displays, which could mean that Apple is discouraging repairs made with non-Apple parts.

It’s hard to say this problem is intentional or not, of course. We’ve reached out to Apple for comment and will update this post if we hear back.

Via: ZDNet

Source: Motherboard

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