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Apple Has Activated Software Locks on iPhone Batteries to Discourage Third-Party Repairs

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Mar 25, 2003
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Apple Has Activated Software Locks on iPhone Batteries to Discourage Third-Party Repairs

Report: Apple Has Activated Software Locks on iPhone Batteries to Discourage Third-Party Repairs
https://gizmodo.com/report-apple-has-ac ... 1837053225
Apple has activated a “dormant software lock” that effectively kneecaps third-party replacement batteries on some newer models of iPhone, according to a report from iFixit on Wednesday, by disabling access to battery health data unless the replacement has been installed by Apple or an authorized service provider.
iFixit wrote that this appears to be an intentional feature in which replacement batteries lacking a Texas Instruments microcontroller with a unique Apple authentication key are locked out of providing certain battery health data to users. That includes cycle count, which indicates how much a battery may have degraded, as well as max capacity and peak performance capability. In its place users are greeted with a “Service” indicator in a not-so-subtle hint that they should take their phone to a Genius Bar or authorized Apple repair service.

Even using another Apple battery doesn’t work, according to iFixit, as a replacement battery can apparently only be authenticated using the company’s internal tools:
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Dec 28, 2007
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Just another reason why we went with all Samsung S series phones.
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Wow, that totally sucks.

I've been playing around opening iphones from iphone 5 to iphone 6s - changing screens and batteries. Pretty fun.

Hoping someone finds a way to bypass.....

FS: Nothing at the moment
Heatware: 63-0-0
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Aug 22, 2006
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One of many reasons I'd never buy an Apple.
I fix my own stuff.
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Jun 4, 2013
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Doesn't matter to me by the time I change my phone is usually no the battery issue is either I get a $0 phone or the screen broke