iPhone Touch IC Transfer
Improves Resale Value and Performance
what and why
What is the Touch IC and why does it need to be transfered?
WHAT: Touch IC
The Touch Integrated-Circuit (IC) is a microchip that is used in handling touch inputs and some display features. When Apple released the iPhone 11, they added a unique encrypted password to this chip that was tied to each phone. This password could not be reverse-engineered which is why you must transfer the Touch IC with micro-soldering techniques to retain full functionality.
WHY: Important display message
Starting with the iPhone 11, Apple encrypted a component on the screen that tied each screen to its respective motherboard. When a screen is replaced by a third-party repair center (like us, ElrodElectronics) this important display message will pop up and remain in settings forever. Furthermore, this warning can disable the True Tone feature on the iPhone’s display.
The device MUST have the original screen
There is one requirement of the Touch IC transfer service. The iPhone must have the original screen without any “Important Display Message” warnings in the menu. This is because the microchip we need to transfer is only on the original screen unless a previous shop transfered it.
What models do we offer this service?
It is important to note that any iPhone that is the iPhone 11 or newer requires the Touch IC transfer service. We do not offer the Touch IC transfer service for the first or second generation old iPhones as it is more economical to get Apple to repair your screen.
iPhone 12 Series
The iPhone 12. 12 Mini, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max are all available for the Touch IC transfer service. The use of programmers does not enable True Tone for this model. Touch IC transferring is a requirement if one does not want to lose the True Tone functionality.
iPhone 11 Series
The iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max are all available for the Touch IC transfer service. It is important to note that the True Tone can be programmed with a specialty programmer. This does not remove the important display message. If one does not go with the transfer service the programming is included for free with the screen replacement.
The downsides of not transferring the Touch IC
Important Display Message
The “Important Display Message: Unable to verify this iPhone has a genuine Apple display.” is a permanent settings notification that lowers the resale value of your iPhone.
Loss of True Tone
On models where programming is ineffective, the True Tone color temperature shifting feature is lost permanently. This feature is fully cosmetic but it can lower the resale value.
If the phone does not get the Touch IC transfer done at the time of repair, the transfer cannot be done in the future as it requires the original screen.
The upsides of transferring the Touch IC
Improved Resale Value
When the Touch IC is transferred, the iPhone does not know that the screen has been replaced. This ensures that all features are still operational and the resale value is improved due to this.
Retention of Features
The Touch IC holds the encrypted password which is unique to each iPhone, this password, in common terms, unlocks the capability of True Tone. True Tone is a cosmetic feature that adjusts the color temperature of the screen to the ambient light.
On some screen replacements, the Touch transfer not only transfers the encrypted password but also can improve the touch input sensitivity consistency.
Pricing By Model
|iPhone 11 Pro
|iPhone 11 Pro Max
|iPhone 12 Mini
|iPhone 12 Pro
|iPhone 12 Pro Max
WHO IS THIS FOR
Should I or should I not get the Touch IC transfer add on service?
DON'T: Indifferent about cosmetic differences and lowered future resale value
If you are one who does not care about the loss of some cosmetic creature comforts and the future loss in resale value, you should not proceed with the Touch IC transfer service. This is a completely normal route that many take as these differences do not affect the day-to-day use of your iPhone.
DO: Full functionality and improved resale value
If full functionality, warranty, and resale value matter to you, the touch IC transfer service is perfect for you. Your investment will not only have helped out your day-to-day use of your phone but will pay off in comparison to the resale value lost when selling a phone that did not have this service done.