When buying a used phone, one of the questions that many people are most concerned about is whether this device has been repaired, if so, how many times. So far, the answer to this “sensitive” question has largely been in the honesty of the seller, or even the seller himself is unaware of it, unless he or she is the original owner of the item. device.
To partially address this concern of users, Apple has surprised us by introducing a new feature that is about to be rolled out in iOS 15.2, allowing users to check to see if the device has been repaired by using use genuine Apple parts, or have undergone any repair procedures with “non-genuine” parts. With that said, if you’re planning to buy a used iPhone, and wondering if it’s been repaired, this is the feature for you.
Called “Parts and Service History”, this useful feature was first mentioned by Apple in a new support document for iOS 15.2 released a little while ago. According to the description, when the feature becomes available, iPhone users with iOS 15.2 or later installed can navigate to the Settings > General > About to access Parts and Service History to view the device’s repair history. It should be noted that the “Parts and Service History” section will only appear if the device has been repaired.
Apple will provide different information about the components involved depending on the iPhone version.
- For iPhone XR, XS, XS Max, and newer, including the iPhone SE (2nd generation), users can see if the battery has been replaced.
- For iPhone 11, iPhone 12, and iPhone 13, users can see if the battery or screen has been replaced.
- For iPhone 12 and iPhone 13, users can see if the battery, screen, or camera has been replaced.
If the repair or replacement is performed using genuine Apple parts and tools, the respective details listed in the “Parts and Service History” section will be labeled “Genuine Apple Part”. Genuine parts from Apple). In addition, parts that have been used, installed in another iPhone, or are not performing as expected will also be fully notified.
Apple says the notifications in the Parts and Service History section will have absolutely no impact on the iPhone’s usability, battery, screen, or camera. Information is collected and stored on the device, which Apple will use for service needs, safety analysis, and to improve future products.