Apple Will Now Begrudgingly Repair iPhones with Unofficial Batteries

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This is a major shift in policy, if true - Apple has previously refused to service any iPhone with a third-party battery no matter the issue.

The argument for concern is that third party batteries carry higher risk of exploding if they are exposed to stress or puncturing.

Apple is reportedly ending a policy that forbids repairs on any iPhone with a third-party battery inside. Additionally, in a generous move, Apple has also allowed its service personnel to replace entire devices for the cost of battery replacement if the battery's tabs are broken, or if adhesives are incorrectly applied inside the iPhone.

Also, if your third-party fix has been done badly and bits are broken on the inside or there's glue everywhere, the Genius is allowed to replace the whole phone for the price of the battery if they want to. Based on past experiences, Apple doesn't usually reveal this information to the public, so do proceed with caution if you sending over an iPhone with third-party batteries to local AASPs.

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It's not all good news, though: while you can now get your phone fixed if it has an unofficial battery or screen (the latter policy came in in 2017), you're still out of luck if it has other third-party bits, even minor ones like headphone jacks and volume buttons.

If the fix requires a new battery, technicians may now replace the aftermarket battery with an official one.

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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