Apple to Introduce Warning on iPhones with Aftermarket Cameras
According to a report by MacRumors, Apple will introduce a new warning notification in the upcoming iOS 14.4 update, that will show up on iPhones that have had their camera repaired or replaced with non-genuine, aftermarket components.
The warning message will read, “Unable to verify this iPhone has a genuine Apple camera,” similar to how it is displayed on iPhones with aftermarket displays. The warning message will be viewable in Settings > General > About and may also appear as a notification on the Lock screen for a short period.
Apple also displays similar warnings for non-genuine iPhone batteries, although they don’t impact the use of the device beyond disabling the battery health feature.
The non-genuine camera message will likely direct users towards a future Apple support document emphasizing the importance of iPhone repairs being completed by authorized, trained technicians using genuine Apple parts, including Apple, Apple Authorized Service Providers, and those part of Apple’s Independent Repair Provider Program.
Apple requires all authorized technicians to run a proprietary, cloud-based System Configuration app to complete camera and display repairs on all iPhone 12 models.