Apple issues statement on ‘locking’ third-party battery replacements

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It’s no secret that Apple has historically made it extremely challenging for iPhone owners to open up their devices and replace components, a stance which certainly explains the company’s affinity for pentalobe screws. From Apple’s vantage point, it’s a matter of safety. And while this may seem like nothing more than a generic talking point, the reality is that third-party battery replacements can have potentially grave consequences as we saw in a recent video featuring an exploding iPhone.

In light of that, iFixit last week discovered that Apple implemented something of an unusual software lock in iOS that prevents users from checking the health of their iPhone battery if it was replaced by an unauthorized third-party. Instead, users keen on checking the health of their battery are greeted with the following message: “Unable to verify this iPhone has a genuine Apple battery. Health information not available for this battery.”

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