APPLE warns users about fake iPhone camera parts that will negatively affect your photos.
Online deals market fake versions of iPhone replacement parts at a cheaper price, but Apple says they’ll end up doing more harm than good.
“If you need to replace your iPhone camera, it’s important that a trained technician repair it using genuine Apple camera parts,” the company says on its website.
Apple warns that iPhone cameras are tested to meet quality and performance standards in ways that third-party products don’t.
The company recommends visiting a professional repair provider with certified technicians using genuine Apple parts as it is the safest option.
“Repairs performed by untrained persons using non-genuine parts may compromise the safety of the device or result in malfunction or image quality problems. Apple camera parts are designed to fit snugly into the device.”
These third-party repairs also carry the risk that improperly replaced screws may leave loose parts and damage the phone’s battery, causing overheating or even injury.
If an iPhone device detects an installed third-party camera part, the camera may not be able to focus properly.
Portrait mode doesn’t focus the subject and the images aren’t as sharp.
Third-party apps that use the camera can also freeze or quit unexpectedly, and previews in those apps can appear blank or hang.
If you think your phone might be affected by a non-genuine Apple part, you can have your iPhone camera replaced — out of warranty — by visiting an Apple Store, depending on your location.
You can also visit an Apple Authorized Service Provider or send your iPhone to an Apple Repair Center.
“Genuine Apple Parts are also available for out-of-warranty repairs from independent repair providers or through self-service repairs.”