According to the description of the iPhone, Apple has enabled a “dormant software lock” on iOS that blocks features like battery health in settings when the iPhone itself uses a battery not installed by Apple.

Apple will block iPhone features if you replace the battery from outside |TechNews


Apple has begun locking its battery with software to prevent third-party replacement events. According to details from iFixit, Apple has activated a “dormant software lock” on iOS that blocks features like battery health in settings when the iPhone itself uses a battery that Apple does not install, 9to5mac reported Thursday.

IFixit calls Apple’s latest move to locking users of its ecosystem a “user-hostile choice” but the move is not isolated. As Ifixit writes, “This service index is equivalent to a ‘check oil’ light that only a Ford dealership can reset, even if you change the oil yourself.”

If a user tries to replace the battery with a third-party service, a pop-up will appear on the iPhone that reads, “Unable to verify if this iPhone has a genuine Apple battery. No health information is available for this battery.”

Reportedly, the software lock appears to be running the latest iOS 12 version or iOS 13 betas with the iPhone XR, iPhone X, and iPhone XS Max models.

Meanwhile, Apple is reported to be ready to launch a foldable device in two years. This upcoming device is likely to be an iPad rather than a foldable iPhone. According to analysts at Swiss investment bank UBS. Currently, Apple is ready for a launch event in early September. Here, it is reported that it will launch three iPhones. Two of the three upcoming iPhone 11 smartphones will replace the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The third iPhone 11 will replace the relatively affordable iPhone XR.

Reviewing the reports, the top two most expensive iPhones will have a triple-camera setup behind them. On the other hand, there are rumors to feature dual-camera setups behind the iPhone XR replacement. Furthermore, the upcoming iPhones could come with the next-generation A13 chipset, a new Taptic engine, upgraded front camera and more.

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