Apple has a bone to pick with Lithium batteries powering its devices. Apple made headlines last week when the FAA announced some Apple laptop models were banned in flights. The Cupertino based firm announced a recall in June for some MacBook Pro laptops because of battery safety issues. The 432,000 affected notebooks are those sold during September 2015 to February 2017.
The FAA knows the fact that recalled batteries are used in some Apple MacBook Pro laptops. We have already informed the airlines and public, in early July. The airline regulator said in a statement. Apple gave itself exclusivity in replacing iPhone batteries by activating a software lock. This new policy means that only Apple-approved batteries can be used in iPhones and only the authorized services centers can install them.
Repair website iFixit said the iPhone manufacturer has built an authentication mechanism inside the battery which is unique to every phone. Any other “unauthenticated” battery would cause the software to give a service message stating, “Your iPhone battery may need to be serviced”. Amidst huge uproar from Apple users, the company responded that this move was intended to protect customers from faulty or damaged batteries which could cause safety and performance issues.
Nadim Maluf, CEO of battery health software company Qnovo raised the same safety concern and blamed Chinese replicas for the growing battery hazard. In China, companies are good in manufacturing replica of Apple or Samsung or LG, batteries. This comment was made by Maluf. In case of a mishap, Apple would have to bear the brunt of the incident even if the battery came from a third party. In the fiscal year 2018, Apple sold 217 million iPhones all powered by these Li-ion battery packs.
Samsung had to suspend sales of its 2016 flagship phablet Note 7 due to battery safety. The South Korean firm had discovered a manufacturing defect in the phone’s battery which caused some of them to generate excess heat and catch fire. Then too, the FAA had banned the Note 7 on flights.