Ignore Your iPhone's 'Service' Warning For Third-Party Battery Replacements

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The same issue also pops up when a battery - even an authorized Apple part - is installed by a fix shop not affiliated with Apple. And reportedly, using another Apple battery doesn't work either, as a replacement battery can only be authenticated using the company's internal tools.

Apple has activated a "dormant software lock" that effectively kneecaps third-party replacement batteries on some newer models of iPhone, according to a report from iFixit on Thursday, by disabling access to battery health data unless the replacement has been installed by Apple or an authorised service provider.

According to Apple's own guidelines, those customers who are no longer under warranty with their phones will be charged anywhere between $50 to $70 to replace their battery with Apple. Presumably, their secretive diagnostic software can flip the magic bit that resets this "Service" indicator.

You don't have to replace your iPhone's battery at the Apple Store if you don't want to - a $105 fix from Apple if your newer iPhone is out of warranty.

Apple has always been trying to push users to shun third-party repairers and go through Apple for device repairs. The phone will also not display any battery health readings.

First reported by iFixit and The Art of fix, it represents an aggressive move from Apple to make sure that if you're not paying for a brand-new iPhone then you sure as hell should pay Apple for a new battery rather than doing it yourself or paying a third-party.

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The Art of fix notes that Apple batteries contain a Texas Instruments microcontroller that provides information to the iPhone about the battery such as capacity and temperature. "Technically, it is possible to remove the microcontroller chip from the original battery and carefully solder it into the new battery you're swapping in, restoring the Battery Health feature-but the procedure isn't for the faint of heart, and it's an unreasonable requirement for any fix, much less something as simple as a battery swap", iFixit notes.

Apple's draconian policy toward phone repairs has resulted in calls in a rising movement to pass a "right to repair" legislation that would legally establish the right fix one's phone personally or through a service of one's choosing.

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It wouldn't be the first time Apple has been criticized for the way it handles product repairs.

The Verge also reports that the company caught flak back in 2017 for throttling power on older iPhones to preserve degrading battery life.

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