What you need to know
- Apple's iOS 15.2 update will add a new feature that shows when batteries and cameras have been replaced.
- The new feature shows when parts have been swapped out and whether they are genuine or not.
Apple's upcoming iOS 15.2 update will add a new "Parts and Service History" section to the iPhone's settings screen, showing which parts have been replaced and whether the parts are genuine or not.
Genuine Apple parts have been designed, tested, and manufactured for Apple quality and performance standards.
With iOS 15.2 and later, you can go to Settings > General > About to see the parts and service history of your iPhone.
Different information will be displayed depending on the iPhone being used, however. iPhone 11, iPhone 12, and iPhone 13 devices will see if the battery or display have been replaced, for example. However, iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 will also alert users if the camera has been replaced, too.
Those carrying iPhone XR, XS, XS Max, and iPhone SE 2nd generation) devices have to make do with battery information, unfortunately.
Apple will tell users whether a replacement "was done using genuine Apple parts and tools," while "Unknown Part" will be reported if that wasn't the case. That'll be flagged if the part is nongenuine, has been used in another iPhone, or isn't working correctly, Apple's support document points out.
The move comes as Apple gets ready to allow people to repair their own devices using Apple guides and genuine Apple parts. While an iPhone repaired by Apple is still considered by many to be the best iPhone, being able to repair devices at home is still a positive for others. This new section gives people more information on what's been done to an iPhone, something particularly useful in the used market.
Apple is testing iOS 15.2 with developers now and is likely to release it to the public before Christmas, although no confirmation has been given.
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