Apple has always recognized the importance of repairing devices with certified specialists. But, in practice, these recommendations are not always observed, leaving the components to the mercy of replacement by non-original parts. Starting with the iOS 14.4 update, the company will also report when the iPhone’s camera is not original.
The update announced a few days ago was confirmed with the launch of iOS 14.4 on Tuesday. At the same time, Apple released documentation on the risks of using a non-Apple camera on the iPhone.
How to recognize if the iPhone camera is not original?
In the support document, Apple states that if an iPhone camera needs to be replaced, it is important to use a certified technician as repairs made by non-certified technicians may result in malfunction or image quality problems.
Security is also a concern, according to Apple, because improper repairs could leave loose parts that could damage the battery.
A non-genuine camera component can cause compatibility or performance issues which Apple summarizes as follows:
- The camera does not focus properly or the images are not clear.
- When using Portrait mode, the subject may be out of focus or only partially in focus.
- A third-party app that uses the camera may freeze or quit unexpectedly.
- Real-time preview in third-party apps might appear blank or hang.
- The non-original camera notifications that Apple introduced in iOS 14 will appear on an iPhone 12, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max, or 12 mini if any of those devices are patched with a non-Apple camera component.
For check the quality of the camera users can go to Settings> General> About displays the following message: “This iPhone cannot be verified as having an original Apple camera.”
The warning also appears on the lock screen for the first four days after a repair and in the Settings app for 15 days.
In case of presentation of the above situation, Apple clarifies that the warning will not affect the ability to use theiPhone or access the camera, and the iPhone will remain fully functional.
In addition to this warning, since iOS 13, Apple reports the presence of a non-genuine screen and internal third-party batteries.