The cell phone repair business is estimated to be a $4 billion industry (yes, Billion). A big portion of those repairs are done by 3rd party repair shops – and Apple hopes to put an end to that.
- February, 2016: Apple releases its error 53 code which bricked phones with 3rd party screens. [Fixed]
- October, 2017: Apple releases iOS 11 and it makes the touchscreen stop working on aftermarket screens. [Fixed]
- April, 2018 – Part 1: Apple releases iOS 11.3 which causes the touchscreen to stop working on iPhone 8/8+ phones. [Fixed]
- April, 2018 – Part 2: Apple prevents the ambient light sensor from working on any any iPhone 8 and above where the screen was not installed by their authorized dealers – even if it’s an original iPhone screen it, it still won’t work. [Not Fixed Yet]
Here’s the thing, Apple got hit pretty hard with the error 53 code they put in. States all over the US started legislation for Right to Repair. Apple apologized for the error 53 debacle but they just got more devious in their attempts to put 3rd party repair companies out of business.