Wednesday April 11 2018

Apr 11 2018 / 8:31 am


APPLE IOS 11.3 UPDATE BREAKS IPHONE 8 DEVICES THAT HAVE SCREENS REPAIRED BY A THIRD-PARTY
The iOS 11.3 update breaks iPhone 8 devices that have not had their screens repaired by Apple, sources suggest. Screens repaired by a third-party do not have touchscreen functionality, rendering the whole device essentially useless. Sources say it is the latest example of the company's battle against people going to independent repair shops to get their devices fixed. Released at the end of March, the software update kills touch functionality on devices that worked fine before the update. “This has caused my company over 2,000 re-shipments,” Aakshay Kripalani, chief executive of Georgia-based repair shop Injured Gadgets told Motherboard. “Customers are annoyed and it seems like Apple is doing this to prevent customers from doing third-party repair.” For many people, getting a device fixed by a third party is cheaper than getting it done with Apple. The company charges $149 to repair the screen of an iPhone 6S, 7 or 8.


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