Last week iFixit found out that unauthorized screen repairs on the brand new iPhone 13 series render Face ID useless. This is due to a tiny new control chip implemented in the flex cable connecting the screens on the phones that links each display to its unique motherboard. This meant that all repair shops not part of Apple’s Independent Repair Program would be forced to desolder the small chip from the broken screen and then re-solder it on the new display – a process which would take plenty of time and effort as well as special equipment not available in
Google has been doing a ton to make RCS, or Rich Communication Services, the standard messaging protocol across all mobile platforms. It worked with all the U.S. carriers, including AT&T and Verizon, to make Messages by Google the default app, where RCS is supported. It’s pruned its list of extraneous messaging apps and consolidated to only the most essential ones. And it’s now cryptically trolling Apple into playing nice.
Yesterday, the company’s SVP of Android, Hiroshi Lockheimer, called out to