Apple has activated a “dormant software lock” that disables access to battery health data when using third-party replacement batteries on the new iPhone models such as the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max. 

Justin’s video from The Art of Repair youtube channel was the first to point out the issue, when testing the battery replacement on newer iPhone models. Later, iFixit has released a report explaining that this indeed is not a bug, but a new feature launched by Apple. The only way of preventing the message to pop-up is by getting the battery replaced at Apple Genius or by an Apple Authorized Service Provider. 

This is an odd move since earlier this year, many reports had indicated that Apple was actually making its policies more flexible around battery replacements from third-party stores by allowing Apple Genius Bar and Apple Authorized Service Providers to accept iPhones with non-original batteries.

However, this is not even close to being the first time the giant company works against the repair industry. Historically, the company has always worked heavily on lobbying to stop the Right to Repair movement, and prevent any bills from being approved in different states.

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