Apple is said to be introducing a new repair method to fix hardware issues on the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 that earlier needed the device to be fully replaced.
In a memo, obtained by MacRumors, Apple said technicians will be able to offer repairs starting February 23 for iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 with problems in the logic board, Face ID system, or the enclosure of the device, such as cracked rear glass.
If a customer has an iPhone 12 mini with cracked rear glass, for example, technicians will be able to replace the entire rear portion of the device, with the new enclosure affixed to the original display and rear camera. For this reason, the customer’s display and rear camera must be free of damage or functional failures in order for their device to qualify for this same-unit repair method, according to Apple.
The new repair method will be available in all countries and regions where the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 models are sold. However, among the iPhone 12 models, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are not eligible for “same-unit repair” just yet.