Apple has once again made its buyers a subject to forced loyalty, this time they don’t want you to have 3rd party batteries inside “your” iPhone
To make sure iPhone users buy genuine replacements that too from Apple Store, Apple has now activated a secret software inside iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.
- This hidden software will send user warning and disable battery health information if they replace their batteries anywhere other than their stores.
- This is not it, even if they replace that 3rd part battery with a genuine Apple battery, they still receive the same message.
- Now you may think this is a bug and soon there will be some update from Apple, but this bug is actually a feature Apple wants.
- To get rid of these problems, the users have to go through the trouble of going to an Apple Store or Apple Service Provider.
- Why? Because they don’t want you to mess around inside your device making the future repair for them even more difficult.
- The technical side of this issue is explained by TheArtofRepair, they discovered that Apple’s Texas Instruments microcontroller pairs the battery to the logic board with a unique authentication key.
- This chip reports battery capacity, temperature, and charge and unless you have that key, it will flag even the genuine batteries as a problem.
- Do you really own your iPhone? We appreciate some restrictions made for the benefit of the users, but this one is really annoying.