If your new iPhone needs a new battery anytime soon, you may not want to replace it yourself or go to your local third party store. Thanks to a change from Apple's side, you will basically be left with a permanent warning if you do.
iFixit reports that replacing a battery in the iPhone XR, XS, or XS Max generates a "service" message saying that the phone cannot "confirm that this iPhone has a genuine Apple battery." The phone will also not display any readings on battery health.
The change is due to the chip 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 particular phone.
The problem persists even if you use a genuine, authorized Apple battery, says iFixit. The only way to make the service message disappear? Take your phone to an Apple store or Apple Authorized Service Center where they can turn which software switch needs to be reset.
“Right to Repair”
iFixit calls Apple's final step to lock you into the ecosystem and "hostile choice," but the move is not isolated. Apple has made several previous moves to block third-party or home repairs on iPhones, iFixit notes, from the "error 53" blueprint that hit owners of repaired iPhone 6s and 6s to problems that plagued iPhone 8 and X replacement screens. [1
The House of Representatives is looking at the right to repair as part of a larger investigation of competition and antitrust issues in big tech. But for the time being, the right to repair legislation at either federal or state level has not yet become the norm.
Apple has a record of opposing the right to repair laws. The company strikes it as a matter of consumer confidence rather than revenue. "We want to make sure our customers always have confidence that their products will be repaired safely and properly and in a way that supports recycling," the company told Axios this week.