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Apple can upgrade individual iPhone SE parts, can you?

The article comes from: ifixit/Sam Goldheart

Apple is upgrading specs without wasting money on a whole new phone, why should you?

Cameras get better, batteries get more efficient, and processors get speedier, and the only way to get those upgrades has been to buy a new phone. Remember Project Ara, and Puzzlephone? The dream of a build-your-own PC brought to the smartphone market? The concept was simple: upgrade the tech, not the phone. You buy a camera, slot it into your phone, and chuck an ounce of e-waste—or sell it—instead of dropping a functioning phone in a drawer along with a thousand bucks. Like the Newton, they were a bit ahead of their time.

We’re now in generation three of the iPhone SE, and it has settled nicely into the iPhone 8 chassis. That means the iPhone 8, second gen iPhone SE, and the 2022 iPhone SE all use the same body and roughly the same components. The plug-and-pay upgradeable parts dream is tantalizingly close—but just how interchangeable are these phones? And more importantly, how swappable are the parts?

iPhone SE 3rd Generation Guides

The iPhone SE 3rd Generation is essentially the same phone as the 2nd gen. We’re confident enough to recommend you just follow the iPhone SE 2020 guides, seriously the opening and repair procedures are the same. We almost forgot pigs can fly now you can also check out Apple’s own guides—try not to get too intimidated, that’s what they’re hoping for.

iPhone SE 2022 Part Swapping Compatibility

Switching parts between two iPhones come in three flavors: works flawlessly, works with loss of features, and doesn’t work at all. For the first two, the part will physically fit, will almost certainly issue Apple’s trademark “cannot be verified” warning, and will restore your phone to working order. In some cases though, features may be lost due to parts pairing—even original parts swapped between two brand new iPhones—without Apple’s “blessing” (and/or fee). We’ll give you the rundown on which parts work across the 2022 iPhone SE, its 2020 predecessor, and their ancestor the iPhone 8 rated as “Possible,” “Possible, but…” and “Impossible.”

iPhone SE Battery Swaps

Installing a 3rd Gen iPhone SE 2022 battery in a 3rd Gen iPhone SE 2022: Possible, but…

This is the current standard, and a good sign for future battery replacements, but unfortunately you’ll still get the “unknown part” warning. The only feature you’ll lose is Battery Health. Yes even if you’re using a perfectly genuine battery, Apple considers the repair “nongenuine” until they personally verify it.

Caveat: Apple will now let you pay for the privilege of verification, if you buy their part.

Installing a 2nd Gen iPhone SE 2020 battery in a 3rd Gen iPhone SE 2022: Impossible
The battery has been slightly updated since 2020, and they are no longer physically compatible.

Installing an iPhone 8 battery in a 3rd Gen iPhone SE 2022: Impossible
The batteries are not physically compatible.

iPhone SE Screen Swaps

Installing a 3rd Gen iPhone SE 2022 screen in a 3rd Gen iPhone SE 2022: Possible!
Provided you swap your Touch ID button to the new screen as you install it, your phone should accept the donor screen with nothing more than an unverified part warning.

Caveat: Apple will now let you pay for the privilege of verification, if you buy their part.

Installing a 2nd Gen iPhone SE 2020 screen in a 3rd Gen iPhone SE 2022: Possible!
Provided you swap your Touch ID button to the new screen as you install it, your phone should accept the replacement screen with nothing more than an unverified part warning.

Installing an iPhone 8 screen in a 3rd Gen iPhone SE 2022: Impossible
While the parts look the same, and the digitizer cable plugs right in, we weren’t able to get the touch functionality to work. So we’re calling this a wash—let us know if you get it to work!

iPhone SE Camera Swaps 

Installing a 3rd Gen iPhone SE 2022 camera in a 3rd Gen iPhone SE 2022: Possible!
For now it looks like camera swaps are possible. You’ll still get the part warning, but it doesn’t seem like you’ll lose functionality—the perks of no Face ID!

Installing a 2nd Gen iPhone SE 2020 camera in a 3rd Gen iPhone SE 2022: Possible!
Camera swaps are possible. You’ll still get the part warning, but it doesn’t seem like you’ll lose functionality.

Installing an iPhone 8 camera in a 3rd Gen iPhone SE 2022: Possible!
Camera swaps are possible. You’ll still get the part warning, but it doesn’t seem like you’ll lose functionality.

iPhone SE Home Button Swaps: Impossible

As expected, there’s no easy way to get a new Home Button in any generation. Touch ID is biometric security after all, so Apple is extra cautious. You can always fall back on a PIN (and assistive touch) or shell out for a new home button that’s embedded in an Apple screen($$$!). 

The Verdict: Spec Bumps are Good Actually

If we had our way, every phone would be the iPhone SE. We don’t need superficial changes, we need a well-designed phone with upgradable components. It’s great that we’ll have a wide range of parts to replace broken iPhone SE 2022 parts, but it’d be even better if we could consistently upgrade those parts. Apple would win thanks to minimal manufacturing retooling, the environment would win as we reduce e-waste from whole phones to individual parts, and your wallet would win. Speed, efficiency, and megapixels are great, but it’s even greater when we can pop them into the same phone! 

So, kudos to Apple for maintaining the same form factor and parts compatibility—let’s hope new parts will swap easily into older phones, too.

Don’t forget, the greenest phone is the one you’ve got in your pocket. Batteries and screens on almost any phone can be replaced, even if camera upgrades are a little trickier. Got an old phone you’re proud of, or looking for encouragement to fix one up? Find us on social media, we’d love to cheer you on!

 

HOW TO TURN OFF YOUR IPHONE 12: THE OLD WAY JUST BRINGS UP SIRI NOW

The article comes from: Cnet

The iPhone’s design hasn’t changed much over the years, but each time it does, Apple changes the role each button plays. For example, holding in the side button on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 doesn’t prompt you to turn off your iPhone. Instead, it triggers Siri, which awaits your question or command a split-second later. I’ve received countless emails and DMs on Twitter asking for instructions detailing how to turn off the latest batch of iPhones. You have to use a combination of buttons to turn off your phone now. And if you really can’t remember which buttons to press and when, there’s a software button buried in the settings app that turns off your phone. Below I’ll walk you through the mysterious button combination to turn your iPhone off, another button combo that will restart a problematic iPhone and, finally, where you can find the software button to turn it off.

Turn off your iPhone 11 or iPhone 12

So here’s what you need to do to get the power menu to show up: On your iPhone 11 or iPhone 12, you’ll need to press and hold the volume down button and the side button at the same time. It won’t take long — just a second or two. You’ll feel a haptic vibration and then see the power slider on the top of your screen, as well as a Medical ID and an Emergency SOS slider near the bottom. Slide the power switch from left to right and your phone will power off. To turn it back on, press and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo on the screen. 

Force a struggling iPhone 11 or iPhone 12 to restart

If your phone is running slow or is frozen and you can’t get the power menu to show up, you can initiate a hard restart by using a button sequence Apple introduced with the iPhone X. Start by pressing and releasing the volume up button, then press and release the volume down button. Finally, press and hold the side button. A new power menu will show up, forgoing all of the medical and emergency info. But instead of sliding the switch, keep holding the side button until you see the Apple logo appear on your phone. Don’t worry, a hard restart to your phone doesn’t erase any data or information. But it does, more often than not, fix whatever issue you’re experiencing. 

Power down your phone using the Settings app

If you just can’t commit the button combination to memory, maybe this will be easier. Open the Settings app and go to General and scroll all the way to the bottom of the screen. There, you’ll find a button labeled Shut Down. Tap it and slide the power off toggle to turn your phone off. That wasn’t too bad, was it? To be honest, I rarely turn my phone off. Instead, I mostly use a hard restart to power my phone off and back on automatically. Since it’s my main troubleshooting method and no data is lost, it can’t hurt. If you’re looking for more iPhone tips and tricks, we have plenty. Check out the top features we’ve found in iOS 14.6, as well as some hidden features you just can’t pass up. If you’re looking for a way to make your iPhone more personal, here’s how to create your own app icons, and of course we have a look at some of the new features coming to iOS 15 this fall.

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