You may remember a few weeks ago when I posted here about taking my iPhone into a cellphone repair shop to have its battery replaced with a new one because my iPhone’s battery was running out of juice by early afternoon. I didn’t want to spend over a grand on a new iPhone, so when I found out that I could purchase a new battery and have a technician install it for under $100, it was a no brainer.
Unfortunately, the battery the tech put in my iPhone was not an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) battery. In other words, it was an off-brand battery. And Apple doesn’t like to have non-genuine Apple parts used in Apple products.
The off-brand battery worked okay, but I kept getting an annoying pop up on my iPhone reminding me that the battery in my iPhone was not a genuine Apple battery. And by installing a non-Apple battery on my iPhone, I was a very naughty boy.
I called the tech at the shop that installed the battery and he admitted that he did not use an OEM battery. He said he did so because I sounded “very eager” on the phone to have the battery replacement done ASAP. He explained that, “due to supply chain issues,” it would take him a week to ten days to get a genuine Apple battery, so he chose to install a non-Apple battery because of my desire to have it done quickly. Without telling me first.
He also said that the only way to get rid of that annoying pop-up about a non-genuine Apple battery in my iPhone would be to open up the device, remove the battery he just installed, and install a genuine Apple battery. But it could take up to ten days for him to get one in.
Fast forward ten days. The tech called me yesterday and told me the OEM battery had arrived and I could stop by and he’d install it at no charge.
So now, with the genuine Apple battery installed in my iPhone, I’m a happy camper once again. Well, sort of, it’s 4 pm and my genuine Apple battery, which was at 100% charge when I first woke up at 7 am, is already down to 42%.
Did they install a used genuine Apple battery in my iPhone, I wonder.