Apple Flags Unofficial iPhone Batteries as Requiring a Service

Apple Flags Unofficial iPhone Batteries as Requiring a Service

"Health information is not available for this battery". Apple also doesn't allow third-party apps to check battery health, so you're left without an alternative.

Apple appears to be preventing third-party battery replacement on few iPhone models, meaning users can not replace the battery without any glitch forcing them to go to Apple authorised service providers only. The phone will also not display any battery health readings. Authenticating batteries is a "feature" that isn't created to enhance an iPhone user's experience. This happens even when you use an official Apple battery, though for the moment it seems to be limited to the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR.

This message persists even if the battery is then swapped with an Apple certified one. The only way to get rid of it is to take the phone to either an Apple Store or another Apple-authorized service center where they will go through the software and reset the chip. In the end, this is just another play to ensure as many repairs as possible go through Apple and no one else, and it serves as a another good argument for why Right to fix legislation is in the best interests of consumers.


Meanwhile, those in favor of the Right to fix bill continue to lobby the US government, arguing that companies like Apple are trying to monopolize repairs to maximize profits.

These "pre-jailbroken" or "dev-fused" devices, as they're sometimes referred to, have existed for years at Apple, and have sometimes leaked out after being stolen/smuggled from Apple's China factories. This is good news to those who wanted to be part of this task and was locked out because the bounties were limited only to invites in the past.

This isn't the first time Apple has been in the news for their fix policies.


Apple did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.

The minimum pay-out being projected is $100,000 and applies to those able to find a way to access classified user info by installing a third-party app. Thirdly, she was concerned that this "may eventually cannibalize Apple's own hiring policy and its career retention pipeline" as if there are quality assurance engineers who feel that this is their only chance to earn big, having earned enough to know enough about the architecture. In 2017, for example, it was discovered that the company intentionally throttles old iPhone batteries to preserve their performance.


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