According to MacRumors, Apple has told Apple Authorized Service Providers that it will introduce a new same-unit repair method for iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 models exhibiting certain issues that would typically require a whole-unit replacement.
Technicians will be able to offer same-unit repairs starting February 23 for iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 models that won’t power on or which are experiencing issues with the logic board, Face ID system, or the enclosure of the device, such as cracked rear glass.
MacRumors says that Apple Authorized Service Providers (and likely Genius Bars) will have a new “iPhone Rear System” part available to them that consists of the rear enclosure of an iPhone with all components except the display and rear camera, including the battery, logic board, wireless charging coil, Taptic Engine, Face ID system, and so forth.
The Apple Service Provider program is designed for companies interested in offering service to Apple customers. Authorized Apple Resellers and businesses that specialize in service, but don’t resell Apple finished goods products, are both able to apply for Apple Service Provider authorization.
Universities and colleges may apply for Service Provider authorization to deliver repair services to their students. All repairs covered under warranty must be performed by Apple-certified technicians.