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    Apple locks new iPhone batteries to prevent third-party repair, report says
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    If your new iPhone needs a new battery anytime soon, you may not want to bother replacing it yourself or heading to your local third-party shop. Thanks to a change on Apple's part, you'll be basically left with a permanent warning message if you do.
    iFixit reports that replacing a battery in the iPhone XR, XS, or XS Max generates a "service" message saying the phone is "unable to verify this iPhone has a genuine Apple battery." The phone will also not display any battery health readings.
    It's due to the chip located on the battery itself. In addition to being able to relay information about battery cycles and temperature to the phone, the chips on the newer iPhone models also have an authentication feature for pairing with a specific phone.

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    Apple locks new iPhone batteries to prevent third-party repair, report says
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    That's just great!

    I wonder how long it's going to be before Apple is sued over this by a class action suit?

    You might remember that HP and other printer manufacturers tried this tactic with saying that you can only use their chip embedded cartridges. It didn't take long before they were sued and got off that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    That's just great!

    I wonder how long it's going to be before Apple is sued over this by a class action suit?

    You might remember that HP and other printer manufacturers tried this tactic with saying that you can only use their chip embedded cartridges. It didn't take long before they were sued and got off that.

    I was thinking the same thing and remember the HP Ink issue. People were all quite angry. It directly affected me as I was using HP printers exclusively.

    Not a wise move Apple!!!

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