Screen replacement > Face ID functionality?
My girlfriend dropped her iPhone 11 the other day and the screen is badly cracked to the point where it literally cuts her fingers. So it needs a replacement ASAP. I have moderate experience with screen repairs on other phones and iPads, so I want to offer to replace it for her myself. Therefore I did some research online, and that's when I remembered Face ID has this hardware pairing security measure, so to speak. Meaning, as far as I understand, you can't just replace the screen and expect Face ID to function right away.
I've searched for some more information on the subject, and numerous sources tell me that Apple was going to update iOS to allow for third-party screen replacements without having to transplant any tiny hardware. Meaning you wouldn't have to micro solder or use microscopes and the like. However, I cannot find any recent information on this subject. All the sources I've found are from 2021 or earlier, so I'm not sure what the current status is and if Apple has pushed said update to the users yet. So basically I have these questions:
- Is it at all possible to DIY replace an iPhone 11 screen and have Face ID still working?
- If it is indeed possible, given she's got the most recent iOS version, is any sort of hardware transplant involving micro soldering and microscopes required?
- Are there any guides for these transplants and are they doable for a hobbyist like me, considering I've got all the right equipment and I'm willing to take a small risk?
- If I finish this repair, can I expect any sort of Important Display Message as seen in this video? - https://youtu.be/bLo0_p7Oxm8
- Additionally, is there any way to have True Tone still working after the repair? Preferably without a programming device as seen in the above mentioned video.
- and finally:
- Can I expect any other issues when replacing the screen with a, although of good quality, non-OEM part?
I'm sorry for asking this many questions right off the bat, but since it's my girlfriend I really want to make sure I have the skillset to be able to complete the repair before I even consider doing it. However, as I said, I'm willing to take a small risk of course since the OEM repair @ Apple is nearly 10x more expensive than this DIY solution.
Any help would be very very much appreciated!
Thank you and best regards,