A new report says that Apple is using some kind of mechanism that essentially throws up a massive error message if anyone other than an Apple technician attempts to put a new battery in an iPhone — even if the battery itself is an Apple product.
The report comes from Craig Lloyd of iFixit, and shows what the warning looks like. The user receives a “Service” notification alerting them to a problem with the new battery and directing them to the Settings app. In the Battery Health settings, an Important Message reads: “Unable to verify this iPhone has a genuine Apple battery. Health information not available for this batter
I wouldn’t blame new or unsavvy iPhone owners if they saw this warning and assumed it presaged disaster — it appears to be designed to send anxious users running to the Apple store after attempting a quick in-home battery swap. Lloyd told TNW, “It’s yet another small, incremental addition to Apple’s anti-repair practices that’s slowing chipping away at our right to fix our own iPhones… This kind of thing can erode the confidence of novice, but capable repairers, and they might get discouraged from performing future repairs.”
Apple is already well-known for its resistance to third-party repairs — or anything happening outside its purview, for that matter. According to Axios, the company is pushing back against the Right to Repair movement in Washington because, says a spokesperson, “We want to make sure our customers always have confidence their products will be repaired safely and correctly.” But locking even genuine batteries just to make it appear as though something is wrong with them seems petty and arbitrary even for Apple