Apple’s claim that they must disable an iPhone after its home button is replaced for security reasons makes no sense. It’s Apple’s attempt to get even more money out of its users.
If Apple’s software can recognize the home button has been replaced, simply disable the fingerprint sensor and require a passcode. Inconvenient for a user, but not a catastrophe.
People can still have the pictures of their kids, pets, texts with loved ones, and all the other valuable content we keep on our phones. It doesn’t all just disappear because they chose the fiscally responsible action of having their broken iPhone fixed by someone other than Apple.
The most likely reason for Apple doing this is profit, not security.
In 2012 Time reported that $5.9 billion worth of iPhone repairs had been done. Yes, that was Billion and that was 3.5 years ago. That was an average of more than $1 Billion a year in repairs. 100’s of millions of iPhone users have been added since then so there’s a good chance the iPhone repair business is now worth more than $2 billion a year.
So why wouldn’t Apple, who created the iPhone 6 & 6+ as the most fragile iPhones ever, want to eliminate all customer choice and only give them the option of getting their iPhone fixed by Apple (at a premium price)?
There’s an even more incendiary possibility, too. Apple may be using this, “Sorry you just unexpectedly lost ALL of your data,” tactic to convince people to purchase iCloud. “That way you won’t have to worry about losing all these invaluable pictures in the future.”
iCould can cost up to $120/year – forever – and lock you into Apple’s ecosystem – forever.
No, this is not an attempt by Apple to protect their customers. It’s an attempt to take even more of those customers dollars and they’re doing it in a pretty unscrupulous manner.