Apple is at it again with more anti-consumer behavior. This time the company has activated a dormant software lock that hinders third-party battery replacements. But there may be a good reason behind this.
The software lock was highlighted by iFixit when the company came across a video by The Art of Repair showing the software in lock in action.
Apple is using a secure memory key built into the battery to lock the battery to the iPhones at the factory. The side effect of this is that if you replace the battery yourself, even if with another genuine Apple battery, the Battery and Battery Health screens in Settings will display a "Service" message. It appears that the only way around this issue will be to have Apple, or an Apple Authorized Service Provider, carry out the battery replacement.
However, the good news is that testing suggests that the battery continues to work correctly despite these warnings.
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