Apples iPhone 11 and 11 Pro will not allow unofficial screens.


With Apple’s new iOS 13 released on the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, owners who replace their screens out side of the Apple Store or a Authorised Repair Centre, then you will get this message “Unable to verify this iPhone has a genuine Apple display”.


So Apple are saying that they are implementing this because they have noted that unofficial replacements can degrade the multitouch performance, they can struggle with display brightness, drain your battery quick etc. Which is fair enough to say with the lower end market of screens that are out there.


The display warning will not impact your ability to use your iPhone or the display, Apple has noted. But, the notification will show up on the lock screen for around 4 days and will say within setting for around 15 days. After 15 days they say that the message will go and can only be found if you go into Settings, General, About.


Also a message can pop up saying “Apple has updated the device information for this iPhone”. Which means that the company is recording which devices have unofficial displays for future repairs.


So in one sense it’s an ok idea, because it means if you take your device to a 3rdparty repair centre, then if they were to change your screen, you would be made aware. But on the other hand they are pulling the same stunt as they have with the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR with the battery situation (which we have also blogged about). I mean, this is an iPhone you have bought; you have paid for, with your own money, so the device is yours, but Apple want to tell you where to repair it, well more like they are forcing your to get your device repaired with them. Which we believe is not fair, it is your device, you have purchased, you should be able to get it repaired where ever you want with what ever parts you want, it shouldn’t be up to Apple to decide what you do with your device.