Apple will release their iPhone 8 all-glass design smartphone, and while some reports says the device will have a metal chassis, with glass covering the entire display and back. The only glass device from Apple were iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s, though they have to go for aluminum so they can offer a reliable wireless charging for iPhone 8.
While we have no way of knowing how durable the new all-glass iPhone will be, but months ahead of iPhone 8 release, Apple is preparing for future iPhone 8 glass-related repairs.
They confirmed with Reuters that its proprietary screen repair machines in about 400 authorized third-party repair centers in 25 countries.
The Horizon Machines that helps Apple provide a professional iPhone screen replacement has been installed in different Apple retail stores and other mail-in repair centers.
Here’s how they look;
The machines job is to talk to the iPhone and authorized Touch ID fingerprint sensor replacements, to test the touch functionality and to calibrate the screent.
Once the new screen is mounted, the iPhone goes into the Horizon Machine, which allows Apple’s software to communicate with the fresh hardware. Over the course of 10 to 12 minutes, the machine talks to the phone’s operating system to pair the fingerprint sensor to the phone’s brain.
While that unfolds, a mechanical finger jabs the screen in multiple places to test the touch-sensitive surface. The machine also fine tunes the display and software to match the precise colors and calibration of the original.
That’s what third-party smartphone repair shops can offer for the time being.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is also a all-glass design, and we’ve seen different reports about repair shops welcoming the extra business. We have to see how the iPhone 8 will fare againts the drop test.
Apple is experiencing an increase of iPhone repair at their busiest retail shops, that’s where these machines could help out. They are also allowing access to their sophisticated machines to other third-party to wave the right to repair.
Customers should benefit more from all of this, after all iPhone 7 alone is one hard device to repair with different issues such as Touch ID, and making sure that it is still waterproof.
An official Apple guidebook for repairing iPhones with these new machines will really come in handy.
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