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Apple issues statement for “battery lock” controversy

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Whenever it comes to Apple everything is challenging. For example, when Apple launches the iPhone, it made it difficult for the user to open the iPhone or to replace the hardware components in it. Now, Apple is making it harder for you to replace your iPhone battery. Moving forward, you need to bring it to Apple Store to replace a new battery for your iPhone.

A week ago, iFixit discovers Apple is implementing a locking mechanism for third party battery replacement. It prevents its users from checking the health of their iPhone battery. Despite that, if you still insist to check on your battery health, you will be shown a message “Unable to verify this iPhone has a genuine battery. Health information not available for this battery“. You might be thinking, when a third-party replace a new battery from another iPhone, you might not face the issue isn’t it. Sadly, you still will be shown the same message. iFixit shared its statement as below.

The chip used in newer iPhone batteries includes an authentication feature that stores the info for pairing the battery to the iPhone’s logic board. In simple terms, if the battery doesn’t have the unique authentication key the iPhone’s logic board is expecting, you’ll get that “Service” message.

Apple issues a statement for this “battery lock” controversy.

We take the safety of our customers very seriously and want to make sure any battery replacement is done properly. There are now over 1,800 Apple authorized service providers across the United States so our customers have even more convenient access to quality repairs.

Last year we introduced a new feature to notify customers if we were unable to verify that a new, genuine battery was installed by a certified technician following Apple repair processes. This information is there to help protect our customers from damaged, poor quality, or used batteries which can lead to safety or performance issues. This notification does not impact the customer’s ability to use the phone after an unauthorized repair.

Looking at Apple’s statement, you don’t have to worry about replacing a genuine battery. The whole purpose of this battery lock controversy is to verify whether you have installed a battery which is certified by Apple technician only. If you don’t care about checking your battery health, you can continue to replace the third-party battery for your iPhone.

In conclusion, Apple does not really lock or throttle your iPhone battery performance. It’s just an awareness message only to protect your iPhone battery from damage. However, if you want to see the consequences you can continue to watch the video which shows how dangerous is it to replace iPhone batteries from third parties.

Raaj Lokanathan
I am a tech entrepreneur who is hungry for tech updates.

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