iPhone 12 reparability test by iFixit reveals that the camera module on the latest Apple offering is not swappable. If the iPhone 12 camera module is transferred to another iPhone 12, it becomes entirely unusable. iFixit says that Apple may be looking to come down hard on third-party repairs with this iPhone 12 camera issue. Furthermore, Apple’s internal training guide accessed by iFixit ascertains that this isn’t a hardware defect but is a software tweak that Apple may or may not have intentionally introduced. The guide explains to authorised technicians that they will need to run Apple’s proprietary cloud-linked System Configuration app to fully repair cameras and screens on iPhone 12 and later phones.
In its report, iFixit says that when an iPhone 12 camera is transferred to another iPhone 12, it doesn’t work reliably at all. The report explains that it appears to work initially, but ‘fails miserably in actual use.’ After the swap, the camera only responds to certain modes, hangs occasionally, refuses to switch to ultra-wide mode, and becomes completely unresponsive on some occasions.