Apple Warns iPhone Users Against DIY, Third-Party Battery Replacement
Anita - Aug 12, 2019, 7:14 pm IST
Apple is making it difficult for unauthorized battery replacement by third party and users who do that will not see Battery Health data.
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According to information from iFixit, Apple has officially provided battery warning feature on its iPhone to detect whether the battery is genuine or not. It is known that this feature only works on iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and iPhone XR and later.
To check whether the battery on the iPhone is genuine or not, users can access the Settings> Battery> Battery Status section. If the words "Maximum capacity" appear with the % indicator, this is a genuine battery.
However, if the result is "Unable to verify this iPhone has a genuine Apple battery. Health information not available for this battery.", the battery is a replacement one.
To use this feature, iPhone users must make sure their device run iOS 12 and iOS 13 beta.
According to iFixit, the software cripples effectively third-party battery replacement, which forces users to get their iPhones repaired or refurbished at a higher cost.
The guidelines of the company state that those who are no longer under the warranty with their iPhones will spend about $50-$70 to have a new genuine battery.
And Apple Care customers will have to pay around $10-$15 each month to get their devices covered by the insurance of the company. 'It’s not a bug; it’s a feature Apple wants,' wrote the giant in its blog post.
The draconian policy of the company towards mobile phone repairs has led in calls in a movement to pass a "right to repair" legislation, legally establishing the right personally repair a one's phone or via a service of one's choosing.
"The company claims that using third-party components can compromise the integrity of an iPhone’s functionality, but when genuine Apple parts have the same problem, then clearly it’s not really about third-party components at all: it’s about preventing you from having any autonomy with a device you supposedly own,'" read the post.