Good morning everyone!
It’s Friday! Sun is shining and and going to be a beautiful day in here in Kansas City. I know the east and west coast have some formidable weather happening today and this weekend so stay safe for those of you impacted by those conditions.
I know the title may throw you off that Mission Repair is talking about Applecare, but give me a minute to explain. First off, I own an iPhone X, it’s just in my nature to be an early adopter of technology. When looking to buy any new device I am always curious how they can be repaired, or in this case IF they can be repaired. The answer is a bit more complicated than yes or no. The vast majority of past iPhones were a simple repair with a few screws and getting a quality part to replace the broken one. Granted there always seems to be a bit more complicated issue depending on the damage, but in general terms the older iPhones were 100% repairable. With the iPhone’s introduction of the Touch ID on the home button we have seen various issues keeping the Touch ID (fingerprint reader) working if the original one is damaged. Now with the iPhone X it appears that even opening up the device, disables the Face recognition ability of the phone.
So with that being said I do realize these are $1,000 iPhones and you should protect your investment by either having a local shop to handle your repairs, just as Mission Repair has done now for nearly a decade, or Applecare or some sort of insurance policy. This is the unicorn case of a device that currently is not repairable due to Apple’s security measures, or some other reasons I won’t go into, to keep 3rd party repair facilities from doing the repair. New technology brings new challenges, be thinking about your options before the worst may happen and your brand new iPhone X has issues. As a side note, basic Applecare does not cover “accidental damage”, that is drops, or physical damage to the device. You will need Applecare+, while not cheap, it’s currently the only sure way to have an iPhone X repaired from a drop/crack/accident and keep your face id tech working properly.
I hope this helps and possibly prevents an upsetting day if you should need to have an iPhone X repaired. Full disclosure, this is the first and only iPhone I have purchased Applecare+ on for this very reason. I wrote this as there have been a number of customers call in to ask if we can repair the device and then very disappointed that they would lose facial ID. As technology evolves we try to stay at the leading edge, but at this time the manufacturers, in the case Apple, has taken a path that currently prevents anyone outside their own facility to repair the iPhone X. While I love Apple products and will continue to use them, there are some challenges as technology and security evolves.
While I greatly appreciate all the support from the local community and across the country, please make a note if you do own an iPhone X that you may want to look into options for repair if you use the Face ID on a regular basis.
Have a great weekend!