In late 2017, Apple admitted that it had throttled older iPhones to extend the life of the device. iOS 11.3 was introduced in early 2018 and added the "Battery Condition" section to the iPhone's Settings menu. This feature allowed users to monitor the battery life of their mobile phone.
A report now claims that Apple prevents users from viewing the "Battery Health" section if the phone's battery was replaced by a device other than an Apple Genius or an Apple Authorized Service. Instead, an "important battery message" is displayed, stating that the iPhone can not verify the genuineness of the battery.
Note that this is not just a problem when installing third-party batteries. According to The Art of Repair, Apple's batteries include a Texas Instruments microcontroller that displays battery capacity, temperature, and more. In newer iPhones, this chip also stores and reports a unique authentication key coupled to the device's logic board. Even if an authentic Apple battery is used as a replacement and the key does not match what the board expects, the phone will display the error message. [iFixIt]
In Other News:
- Microsoft Uses Human Review to Improve the Translation Function of Cortana and Skype: Amazon, Apple, and Google have received a public backlash after customers have found that every company has employees to check of voice recordings. Microsoft is now in the spotlight as a contractor has submitted voice recordings that should be used to improve the translation function of Skype and possibly Cortana. Microsoft has acknowledged the approach and emphasized that user privacy is paramount. [Motherboard]
- Nintendo could prepare a high-end switch console: In July, Nintendo unveiled a dockless version of its successful video game console called Switch Lite. A report says that the Japanese company is not ready yet. If you believe the rumor, Nintendo plans to use Sharp's IGZO scoreboards in a premium version of the switch that includes a higher resolution screen with better specifications. [WSJ]
- Samsung Galaxy Note 1
Scientists in New Zealand have discovered the fossils of today's largest known parrot. It is believed that the bird named Heracles unfectatus weighed about 7 kilograms and was up to 1 meter high. If true, the extinct animal would be about twice as large as New Zealand's largest giant parrot, the kakapo.
The fossils were unearthed in 2008 but kept for later investigation, as scientists believed that the bones included an ancient eagle. More than a decade later, graduate student Ellen Mather of Flinders University re-discovered the fossils in a research project by paleontologist Trevor Worthy. [Science Alert]
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