Apple makes third-party battery repair difficult

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Apple is looking to implement a permanent warning message that appears in the settings of the device to prevent third-party repairs on iPhone batteries.

Replacements of third-party batteries on the newest iPhones will result in a message being displayed under Settings in the Battery menu. “Unable to verify this iPhone has a genuine Apple battery. Health information not available for this battery.”

The message generally implies that the battery has to be replaced. However, the warning will still appear even if the new battery is a genuine one. According to iFixit, the only way to get rid of it is by authenticating the replacement battery by an Apple Store or an Apple Authorized Service Provider.

Apple’s move to prevent third-party iPhone battery repairs was first featured in a video of YouTube’s The Art of Repair channel, which said only iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max are currently impacted.

In the newer iPhones, the batteries have chips that provide data such as capacity, temperature, and time before a complete release. The chips also include a function of authentication that combines them with the logic board of the iPhone. The warning message appears when the battery inserted into an iPhone is not the one that was originally paired with it.

Apple has long made third-party repairs difficult, as with a few years ago’s controversial Error 53. On the other hand, some users, like iMore’s Rene Ritchie, believe that Apple is only trying to prevent the kind of disaster that plagued Galaxy Note 7 from Samsung.

In any case, whether owners of the newest models agree or disagree with Apple’s move, it appears that visiting an Apple Store or a nearby Apple Authorized Service Provider is the only option to replace iPhone batteries.

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