Apple is changing its stance on third-party repairs, it will soon no longer disable certain iPhone features

Apple iphone repair right showing iphone 13 pro close up of a set of screwdrivers

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TL; Dr.

  • In a few months, Apple will no longer disable the True Tone feature and battery health measurements when users install third-party displays and batteries.
  • While Apple will not block the aforementioned features, it cannot guarantee that they will work reliably as third-party components may be calibrated differently.
  • These changes could potentially roll out around September when Apple releases iOS 18 to the public.

Apple is notorious for locking down its hardware and software, making it challenging for third parties to fully integrate their products into its devices. For the longest time, iPhone users opting for third-party screen repairs would lose the True Tone feature provided by iOS. Similarly, inserting a non-Apple battery would disable the corresponding measurements in the Settings app. Fortunately, the tech giant will loosen up and remove these restrictions later this year, potentially through iOS 18.

As pointed out by threshold, Apple quietly revealed that it will no longer disable certain iOS features after third-party fixes later this year. In a lengthy article touting iPhone longevity, the firm stated that True Tone and battery health metrics will continue to work after users install non-Apple displays and batteries.

The company warned, however, that while it won’t block True Tone from working, the feature may not work reliably or display accurate colors. This is because Apple’s calibration processes are designed for its own hardware and alternative components may not behave similarly.

Comparably, Apple mentioned that used batteries with manipulated metrics are sometimes sold as new. In this case, your iPhone’s battery gauges may list the maximum capacity as 100% when, in reality, it is not. So while the company won’t block these metrics for a few months, it will warn users that it can’t verify them and they may not reflect actual battery health.

“Currently, battery health metrics such as peak capacity and cycle count are not presented to consumers whose devices have third-party batteries. This is because the accuracy of these metrics cannot be verified by Apple. In fact, an internal Apple analysis has found that some third-party batteries sold as new are actually second-hand, with battery health metrics manipulated to appear new.

While Apple doesn’t say when exactly these changes will roll out, we can assume it will be in September. After all, this is when Apple usually introduces significant changes to its systems. It remains unclear whether this change will apply to all models or just the latest iPhones.

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