Apple offers $1 million bounty to find flaws in iPhone

Apple makes DIY iPhone repair a hassle again surprising no one

"Health information is not available for this battery".

Ifixit found that Apple has activated a piece of software in its phones that kills a diagnostic feature related to its battery.

Even swapping in a brand new genuine Apple battery from another handset triggers a warning. However, iFixit believes this sets a unsafe precedent and drew comparison between Apple's implementation and the "Check Oil" light that can only be reset at a Ford dealership even if you manage to change the oil by yourself.

Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The company has defined a well structured pay-out program for security researchers.

'Unless an Apple Genius or an Apple Authorized Service Provider authenticates a battery to the phone, that phone will never show its battery health and always report a vague, ominous problem'. Justin notes the culprit behind the move is a Texas Instruments microcontroller that also has an authentication feature. iFixit was able to replicate the problem on an iPhone XS running both on iOS 12 and iOS 13.

Apple has begun locking its batteries with software to prevent cases of third-party replacements. Microsoft paid out $2 million to researchers previous year as part of its own efforts. With interaction-less bugs, a user does nothing and the phone can still be compromised. Thirdly, she was concerned that this "may eventually cannibalize Apple's own hiring policy and its career retention pipeline" as if there are quality assurance engineers who feel that this is their only chance to earn big, having earned enough to know enough about the architecture.

Users who have their battery replaced by an unsanctioned repairperson will see the following message when attempting to learn their battery's health data: "Unable to verify this iPhone has a genuine Apple battery".

Apple has also released a new payout system with the payouts starting from $100,000 for finding a bug that allows lock screen bypass or unauthorized access to iCloud. The corporate additionally revealed that it'd present safety researchers with particular iPhones to assist them to uncover bugs earlier than hackers do, in accordance with Bloomberg. The only drawback is that Battery Health won't be accessible.

Unlike the average iPhone, these phones would come with modifications that make the software more open and accessible for researchers. The third iPhone 11 will replace the relatively affordable iPhone XR.



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