iPhone 11 warns you if repair shops install fake Apple display

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Seeing this warning could be bad news.
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Apple added a new feature in iOS 13.1 that alerts iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max owners when a repair shop has installed a non-genuine display on their device.

In a support document detailing the new warning feature, Apple explains why you should only seek support from technicians who have completed training from Apple and use genuine Apple parts. Of course, Apple parts can be more expensive than knock-off displays, but using the cheap stuff could cause issues with multi-touch, display brightness and colors.

To find out if your display is a genuine Apple display go to Settings > General > About. Scroll down and you should see a warning that reads, “Unable to verify this iPhone has a genuine Apple display,” and the option to tap to learn more.

The feature only works on the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Apple’s support document says the warning will be displayed on your Lock screen for the first 4 days after the non-genuine display is discovered. After that, the warning will pop up in the Settings app for 15 days.

Apple has come under fire in recent years from right-to-repair advocates who argue that Apple unfairly restricts who can and can’t repair its devices.

Last month, Apple announced that it would make it easier for independent repair shops to make authorized Apple repairs by providing parts, tools, training, repair manuals and diagnostics that are approved by Apple. The company also struck a deal with Best Buy recently to have repairs done by its Geek Squad technicians.

To find an authorized repair shop in your area, visit Apple’s online support site for repairs.