If your Apple device needs service, you may be doing more harm than good by doing it cheaply.
Apple issued a statement yesterday asking users to avoid “non-genuine” battery service or replacements.
Although it is usually more expensive to have your device officially serviced, they indicate that it could reduce possible complications as well as security risks in the future.
The statement warns that poor quality replacement could lead to: “overheating, fire or injury”.
It could also lead to a whole host of performance issues including: “unexpected behavior after installation, device software updates or while charging”
They say you don’t necessarily need to go to Apple for service, as some independent repair providers have access to genuine Apple parts, tools, training, service guides and diagnostics.
This could, however, leave your phone out of warranty, the statement said.
If you have a used iPhone that you were told was under warranty, you can check for yourself by going to Settings, then General, then About where you’ll find parts and service history. of your device.
If your phone says “Genuine Apple Part” it is real, if not, say “Unknown Part” instead, chances are your device is not covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.
Why is it so important to use “genuine” Apple batteries?
iPhones use lithium-ion batteries which can be sensitive and flammable. If mishandled, they could pose a fire hazard to your device.
The statement reads: “Repairs carried out by untrained persons using non-original parts may affect the safety of the device or lead to malfunction.”
Whether it’s installing the wrong battery or damaging your battery during maintenance, an uncertified engineer could make the device you keep in your pocket a serious risk.
They also say, “Genuine batteries are designed to work well with iOS, including reporting charge levels and battery health.”
Apple has in the past admitted to deliberately slowing the battery performance of older iPhone models to encourage users to switch to a newer model.
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