Apple quietly began repairing iPhones with third-party batteries

Apple quietly began repairing iPhones with third-party batteries

The comes after Apple began allowing the fix of iPhones with third-party displays in 2017.

Now, three "reliable sources", according to MacRumors, confirm that there has been an internal policy change. This meant that people who reckoned they had the skills to replace an iPhone battery, or indeed any other part themselves would still be taking quite a risk. The change was going to allow repairs to iPhones with third-party batteries or displays as long as the problem was unrelated to either of them.

Previously, official service providers were told to deny service to any iPhones that used third-party batteries.

Technicians can also opt to replace the entire iPhone for the cost of a battery replacement if the iPhone's battery tabs are broken or missing, or there is excessive adhesive present.

Sanctioned technicians across a number of countries have seemingly been informed that they can now replace a faulty aftermarket iPhone battery with an official one at no extra charge compared to the standard fee of such a procedure involving no third-party components whatsoever.

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Before this, Apple had changed their fix policy back in 2017 when they declared that iPhones with third-party screen repairs are eligible for warranty coverage if the repairs do not involve the display.

"This decision proves that now, more than ever, the third-party fix ecosystem is an integral part of maintaining Apple's high-quality customer experience".

Despite the change in Apple's fix policy, they will still decline fix services for iPhones that have other third-party components installed such as logic boards, microphones, headphone jacks, lightning connectors, sensors and certain other parts.

The Cupertino-based tech giant now relinquishes responsibility for "any damage to the product that occurs during the fix process that is a result of any unauthorized modifications or repairs or replacements not performed by Apple or an AASP".

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