The Genuine Article

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.

18 thoughts on “The Genuine Article

  1. Gr8BigFun December 9, 2022 / 4:47 pm

    Apple was the company that got caught monkeying with the software on old phones. A planned obsolescence scheme that they got called on. I know they came clean and settled out of court on a number of class action lawsuits but still denying “batterygate” was a scheme designed to spur new phone sales. Does anyone believe they actually stopped the practice or more likely found a better way to hide the code in the software. Perhaps that is why the OEM battery isn’t performing as it should Fandango.

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    • Fandango December 9, 2022 / 10:55 pm

      If I wasn’t so used to my iPhone and iOS, I might consider switching to an Android phone, but I’m not sure how many of my apps, many purchased from Apple’s App Store would work on a non-Apple device and the thought of learning a whole new OS makes my skin crawl.


  2. Gypsie-Ami Offenbacher-Ferris December 9, 2022 / 5:19 pm

    You might check to see what programs and/or apps are running in the (invisible) background. My battery on my iPhone was getting depleted before it should be and through settings I turned off most of the auto refresh background and download updates to apps I rarely used. Just a thought. Good luck. 🍀

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  3. Nope, Not Pam December 10, 2022 / 12:31 am

    I suspect so given how long it’s lasting 🙄

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  4. Misky December 10, 2022 / 1:10 am

    Check Battery Usage under General —> Battery, and see what apps are using the majority of your power over 24-hour period.

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    • Fandango December 10, 2022 / 9:52 am

      It comes as no surprise to me that WordPress/Jetpack account for almost 60% of my usage.

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    • Marleen December 10, 2022 / 12:43 pm

      Oh… interesting

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  5. photobyjohnbo December 10, 2022 / 6:45 am

    Generally, I like the Apple ecosystem for tablets. I own two iPads for different purposes, but my phone is a Samsung and I prefer to stay in that environment based upon experiences of others I know with iPhones.
    Not that Samsung and Android are without issues. Often when I’ve upgraded my phone it’s because the battery is depleted. I have changed batteries on my Samsung phone (well, not me personally) and I’ve purchased those cases that have a spare battery tucked inside to extend their life, neither of which have worked out as well as I thought they would.

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    • Fandango December 10, 2022 / 11:03 am

      My wife, son, and daughter all have Google Pixel phones, but when my wife has issues with hers, I am clueless how to help her. And I just don’t find the Android phones intuitive. But maybe I’m just too lazy to learn a new OS.

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      • photobyjohnbo December 11, 2022 / 6:49 am

        I hear you. I have family with iPhones, and as the family “techie”, they are surprised when I can’t help them find the simplest things. >grin<
        I get by for a lot of questions because I use an iPad, but if it comes to the phone settings, I am often stumped.

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  6. Marleen December 10, 2022 / 12:52 pm

    What time was it, today, when you reported this 42% versus the 20% in “early afternoon” you had going on before?

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    • Fandango December 10, 2022 / 7:40 pm

      It was around 4 pm.


      • Marleen December 14, 2022 / 12:03 pm

        So, an improvement.

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