Apple wants iPhone users to shun third-party battery replacements

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"But Apple refuses to make this software available to anyone but themselves and Apple Authorized Service Providers".

Battery replacements carried out by someone other than an Apple Genius or Apple Authorized Service Provider will no not clear the ominous "Service" warning message in the iPhone's Settings Battery Battery Health menu.

If your new iPhone needs a new battery anytime soon, you may not want to bother replacing it yourself or heading to your local third-party shop.

They have most security features disabled and are used by Apple employees to hunt bugs before prototypes are locked up and sent to mass-production. The latest move against DIY fix sees Apple hiding health data about replaced batteries - even if the battery you're using as a replacement is an official Apple one.

The various colors of newly released Apple iPhone XR are seen following the product launch event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, U.S. September 12, 2018. As with everything Apple, the foldable iPhone would be more expensive than its rivals, and this could be a major problem for the first generations. Apple is still to comment on this Service message for the iPhone battery fix.

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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.

This issue isn't about the actual health of the battery itself, because Apple even flags its own batteries as not authentic and in need of "service".

Forbes also revealed on Monday that Apple was to offer bug bounty participants "developer devices" iPhones that permit hackers to dive additional into iOS.

Apple is taking yet another step toward undercutting "unauthorized" repairs to its iPhones. Furthermore, it could serve to build consumer distrust for such repairs, which would also help Apple's cause in fighting fix regulation.

"This pattern of behavior proves, once again, that Apple is out to stop all repairs performed by anyone except Apple themselves", iFixit says. The company distributed hacker-friendly iPhones to their favorite researchers so that they can go and try to hack the devices at the lightest approach possible.

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