How to identify if your iPhone has a genuine Apple Camera

February 10, 2021

When you choose spurious or non-genuine components over genuine ones, you compromise your device’s performance and impair its lifespan. Apple’s market position is built on some core disciplines. It rigidly enforces standards to yield a consistent Apple experience. As such, it flags non-genuine parts like batteries and displays when discovered. Now, it seems to have kicked off a crackdown on non-genuine iPhone camera parts. Beginning iOS 14.4, your iPhone will warn you if it has a genuine Apple camera or not.

Genuine Apple Camera

How to check if your iPhone has a genuine Apple Camera?

Users who have had their camera repaired or replaced with aftermarket components rather than the genuine Apple components will now see a warning message reading ‘Unable to verify this iPhone has a genuine Apple camera’. This message applies to iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, and iPhone 12 mini. So, It’s unclear if it will apply to all iPhones or just the iPhone 12 models. Follow these steps to find if your camera has a spurious or non-genuine component.

  1. Unlock your iPhone.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Choose General.
  4. Scroll down to the About option.
  5. If your iPhone has duplicate camera parts you’ll see the iPhone camera alert message.

The iPhone camera integrates well with iOS software for getting a consistent Apple experience. A camera that is not original might cause compatibility or performance issues like,

  • Camera not focusing correctly or images not appearing sharp.
  • When using Portrait mode, the subject is partially covered and included in focus.
  • A 3rd-party app, relying on the built-in camera for its function, freezing or shutting down unexpectedly.
  • Real-time preview in 3rd-party apps appears blank or getting stuck.

 How to check if iPhone camera is original?

Go to Settings of your iPhone and select General.

About iPhone
About iPhone

Scroll down to the About section.

Genuine Apple Camera Alert
Genuine Apple Camera Alert

Here, you'll notice that if your iPhone has duplicate camera parts, it will display an iPhone camera alert message as shown in the image above.

iPhone Info
iPhone Info

If it's genuine, you won't see any alert message.

Apple insists if users want to replace their iPhone camera they should seek assistance from certified technicians (service providers who have completed Apple service training and use genuine Apple camera parts to repair it).


 These service providers include,

  • Apple itself
  • Apple Authorized Service Providers
  • Independent Repair Providers using genuine Apple parts

Apple cannot guarantee that the replacements done by service providers other than the ones mentioned above, follow proper safety and repair procedures.

Hope that makes sense!


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