Apple Software Locks iPhone Batteries to Prevent Independent Repair

Apple Software Locks iPhone Batteries to Prevent Independent Repair

Apple Software Locks iPhone Batteries to Prevent Independent Repair

Case in point: today the company revealed it would be producing a limited amount of iOS 'Security Research Devices.' These appear to basically be iPhones with far deeper access than available to everyday users, including access to ssh, root shell, and 'advanced debug capabilities.' A jailbroken iPhone without having to do any jailbreaking.

At the time of launch, there were five different categories of risk and reward.

Krstić also announced that Apple is finally opening up its bug bounties to all security researchers who are willing to participate in the program, rather than the special club of insiders that it had previously invited to the table.

The change was first noticed by iFixit which announced the discovery by saying: "By activating a dormant software lock on their newest iPhones, Apple is effectively announcing a drastic new policy: only Apple batteries can go in iPhones, and only they can install them".

Krstić also confirmed reports earlier this week that Apple will be providing specialized "research fused" iPhones to security researchers to aid them in their efforts. These smartphones will come with advanced debugging capabilities and a root shell, among other modifications created to make the software more open and accessible for researchers.

In addition to expanding the bug bounty program to all of its operating systems and iCloud, Apple will be increasing the maximum size of the payouts, from $200,000 per exploit to $1 million depending on the nature of the security flaw.

Tech fix website iFixit even found that replacing your battery with one made by Apple still triggers the lock. There's additionally a 50% bonus for hackers who can find weaknesses in software before it is released.

Security experts have also noticed vulnerabilities in Apple's products in recent years.

This announcement or offer that is disclosed in Annual Summit of the Black Hat Securities.

Apple's troubles with iPhone batteries seem to be a one-step-forward, one-step-back sort of issue. If a third-party vendor replaces that battery, even using a genuine Apple battery, that message will continue to display.

Apple hasn't said how many applications it will be accepting into the program.

The Verge commented: "The evidence suggests that people hold onto their phones for longer when they have access to cheap battery repairs".

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