iPhone: Apple warns in iOS with third-party battery

iPhone: Apple warnt in iOS bei Akku von Drittherstellern

If you do not want to replace the battery of your iPhone directly with Apple, you will now receive a hint again in iOS and can no longer use all functions of the mobile operating system. As iFixit found out, the iPhone Xr, Xs and Xs Max now have a warning message in their battery settings.

When the health of the battery is displayed, “Service” is displayed first, which usually indicates that the battery needs to be checked and replaced by Apple. In the case of the three iPhones, it also appears with a brand new battery, if it was not installed by Apple or an authorized partner, but the installation is made by a third party or the battery itself comes from a third party. If the user clicks on this display, he will be informed in the next window that the built-in battery is not an original spare part from Apple and therefore no health information about the battery is displayed in iOS. Apple can determine the source of the battery through an authentication key that is missing from third-party manufacturers and repaired by a non-authorized dealer. This notice is currently displayed under the current iOS 12 and iOS 13 Beta.

Battery Note on iOS
Battery note on iOS (Image: iFixit)

iFixit sees the note in iOS as a bully and Apple's attempt to subsequently limit the user's freedom in relation to a device that belongs to him and he has acquired. Rather, users should be confused by this step and moved to always have the battery replaced at Apple. Apart from the hint under iOS and the lack of health of the battery results from the use of a foreign battery currently no disadvantage and this can be used without restriction.

Apple earlier in the review

In the past, Apple has come under fire for customer-imposed repair restrictions after it was learned that Apple monitors the repairs in the MacBook Pro and iMac Pro with the new T2 security chip and the devices may become unusable after replacement.

Since the introduction of Touch ID, it has been causing a third-party swap because of the pairing with the motherboard because they can not mutually authenticate a new Touch ID button or motherboard. This step must be done by Apple or an authorized dealer – for security reasons, as the company always emphasizes.

In the meantime, Apple had blocked the exchange of the display on the iPhone 8, which the company took back with an update. The lock should have been just a mistake.

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