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Apple is Locking iPhone Batteries from DIY Replacements

iFixit reports that Apple is trying to prevent people from replacing their own iPhone batteries! When the batteris are swapped by anyone outside of Apple, the latest models of iPhones are reporting that fresh batteries are inauthentic. Even when they are authentic Apple batteries! At that point iOS will not be able to give accurate battery consumption rates, because it refuses to access the "fuel gauge" that tells it. Replacing batteries is about the most basic self-service you could ever want to perform on a phone, and now Apple is taking that away from iPhone owners!

At this point it shouldn't surprise me, but it really does. You own your phone, but the battery is owned by Apple?

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Since the launch of iOS 12, repair techs are noticing a disturbing trend. Any time a battery is replaced on an iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, battery health diagnostics would report that the installed battery was unable to be verified as an authentic Apple battery and the battery health info would be disabled. This happened even when the installed battery was a verified as an authentic Apple part.

So if you thought Apple had stopped attacking independent repair, I’ve got some bad news for you. They now appear to be aggressively locking down even the most basic battery repairs by pairing your battery to your phone, and this time the fix might not be as simple as a software update.

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Reader Comments 12

So basically forcing owners of older iPhone models to throw it in the garbage and buy a new one. It also makes it impossible to resell the older phone to get some money back. Apple has become the Empire. May the force be with us.
Further reinforces my decision to phone with Android, and app with iPad-- I'm sure the issue would be the same with an iPad, and I suppose I'll need to kick down and have Apple replace the battery. Then I'll write scathing reviews if it costs me a testicle or whatever.
August 13, 2019  | favorite_border stub
Surely the environmental guys will get onto this and start making bad PR for Apple. Lawsuit anyone?
August 13, 2019  | person_outline Simon
Well, that does it, my next phone will not be an iPhone. I have to start taking a closer look at Samsung phones, etc. If it weren't for the many great control & synth apps, etc. on iOS, I'd ditch the iPads in a heartbeat. Seriously Apple, the attraction to the iPad has to do with the the creativity and hardwork of 3rd party developers, not Apple. I'm really tired of Apple constantly pulling this kind of BS.
OK so when my battery needs replacing I will have Apple do it. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.
August 14, 2019  | person_outline El Jeffe
I can think of ONE defense, on Apple's behalf. If they wanted really tight quality control of the "user experience" and were concerned that really cheap, poor quality batteries could be a problem or even a safety concern, they might want to create a barrier.

That said, if they wanted to "protect us from ourselves" they could just say-- "warranty voided" or "you put in a 3rd party battery, Apple will not repair."
August 14, 2019  | favorite_border stub
On August 14, 2019 - @stub said:
...if they wanted to "protect us from ourselves" they could just say-- "warranty voided" or "you put in a 3rd party battery, Apple will not repair."

This... as long as that message came up every time the device was turned on! You would never have to wonder about a used iOS device purchase and what's been done to it - and - we would have the freedom to void our warranty and use our devices as we see fit until they brick.
August 14, 2019  | favorite_border Tony
On August 14, 2019 - @stub said:
I can think of ONE defense, on Apple's behalf. If they wanted really tight quality control of the "user experience" and were concerned that really cheap, poor quality batteries could be a problem or even a safety concern, they might want to create a barrier.

That said, if they wanted to "protect us from ourselves" they could just say-- "warranty voided" or "you put in a 3rd party battery, Apple will not repair."
I could almost respect that in the case of unknown battery qualities, but the fact that they do this to actual Apple parts means they know they're full of shit.

There is an amusing irony here with all the comments about people going with Samsung phones. My husband decided to switch to iOS, after having been a Samsung user for... a very long time. To dip his toes in without a big commitment he took my old iPhone 6+ to the Apple store to have them replace the battery!
Oh, yea. It's an apple battery!! I forgot that point. Oooph. Hard to defend that. What are they worried about? Not putting it in right? "Um, which way does the + and - go?"
August 14, 2019  | favorite_border stub
While we all bash Apple I wonder - have they made a public comment or explained the reason for this policy?
August 14, 2019  | person_outline Simon

Android latency was one of the tech worlds biggest fails of the past decade.

A friend just got that gimicky 500 somthing dollar samsung with the screen on the edge, i think its called edge or something, its photos are somthing from another world! The camera captures color and detailed low light pictures with astonishing clarity and vivid color. Its quite amazing but too bad android fucked up so badly with the latency. I dont use my ohone to produce, supose I certainly would if i could though!
August 17, 2019  | person_outline Cyp3
Hi folks, is this related to latest os update? As I did replace battery myself which I got from amazon for tenner and I’m on iOS version 12.2 and all is good and I can see battery healt etc. But wouldn’t update if that’s the case
August 17, 2019  | person Cray23
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