Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Apple makes DIY iPhone fix a hassle again, surprising no one

Apple makes DIY iPhone fix a hassle again, surprising no one

iFixit wrote that Apple also appears to have blocked most iOS apps from accessing battery health statistics dating back to iOS 10, but the issue can be circumvented by plugging an iPhone into a Mac computer running an app like coconutBattery.

The change was first noticed by iFixit which announced the discovery by saying: "By activating a dormant software lock on their newest iPhones, Apple is effectively announcing a drastic new policy: only Apple batteries can go in iPhones, and only they can install them". Click through, and you'll see a message that reads: "Unable to verify this iPhone has a genuine Apple battery".

Similar to batteries in other smartphones, the batteries that Apple uses feature a Texas Instruments bq27546 microcontroller, which transfers battery-related data such as time to full discharge, temperature and capacity.

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However, the release notes for iOS 12.1, released on Tuesday, revealed Apple has brought the controversial feature to the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus - which were released just a year ago. Presumably, Apple's internal tools can undo the "Service" indicator, but the company refuses to make this software available to anyone else but authorized service providers. However, iFixit believes this sets a unsafe precedent and drew comparison between Apple's implementation and the "Check Oil" light that can only be reset at a Ford dealership even if you manage to change the oil by yourself. This is good news to those who wanted to be part of this task and was locked out because the bounties were limited only to invites in the past. And that happens even if the replacement pack is actually a "genuine Apple battery". This has led iFixit to speculate that Apple may have intentionally designed this as a way of showing the middle finger to independent fix shops. Apple is reportedly activating hidden software within iPhones that will display a message indicating that users need to service their battery if they replace the default battery with a third-party one, or even if the replacement is an Apple original battery, but the installation isn't authenticated by an Apple service provider. In addition, Apple would prefer that a security expert who finds a vulnerability tell the company about it instead of selling it or using it for their own evil intentions.

Apple is taking yet another step toward undercutting "unauthorized" repairs to its iPhones.

That's a substantial difference from the $200,000 maximum it paid out to researchers when the program launched. It has been proven that people hold onto their phones for longer if they have access to cheap repairs.

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