iPhone 7(+) All Apple devices stopped charging on the same day

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Ben777, May 12, 2019.

  1. Ben777 macrumors member


    Jun 24, 2013
    I love Apple so much!

    Yet, since two days ago I have the weirdest and most unpleasant experience with charging my Apple devices. On the same day two iPhones (SE and 7) and iWatch3 stopped charging completely with any non Apple chargers. iPhone 7 shows "device incompatible..." pop-up, iPhone SE and iWatch just doesn't charge. I tried four chargers that used to work perfectly (car charger including), yet, suddenly NONE of them works!

    How is it possible??? Did Apple update secretly the software not to charge with non Apple chargers?

    Both iPhones use the latest iOS (iOS 12.2).

    Restarting doesn't change anything.

    There is more. After all this devices started acting weird even with Apple charger: iPhone SE charges perfectly; iPhone 7 only charges up to 2 - 10 %; iWatch just stays dead, it doesn't charge.

    I wonder is there any explanation to this? Or my chargers need an exorcist? :)
  2. loybond macrumors 6502

    Aug 1, 2010
    The True North, Strong and Free
    Non MFI cables can stop working with software updates. Also when it says not charging, it may be trickle charging. You should use MFI certified cables to avoid these issues.

    I can't explain why they wouldn't charge with the original charger though...
  3. jay968 macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2019
    Not that I know for fact, but it almost seems like Apple updated something on the phones to disable third party chargers. Camera manufacturers do this with chargers, batteries, flash units and lenses all the time.
  4. aakshey macrumors 68000


    Jun 13, 2016
    Did this happen to you too?
  5. MultiMan macrumors regular


    Nov 1, 2018
    Still, I never use other than original chargers no matter what the phone brand. It has been shown multiple times than third party equipment almost always is less electrically secure, emits more and gives less clean current to the phone. Some Apple devices even had known specific IC failures due to this.
  6. rugmankc Contributor


    Sep 24, 2014
    I have seen articles on non-Apple chargers damaging components inside. To the point the product doesn't turn on. This seems to be the most likely reason. Not, sure of any updates.
  7. Ben777 thread starter macrumors member


    Jun 24, 2013
    Thank you all very much for advices and insights.

    The update: iPhone charges only when switched off. It does not charge when switched on. Does anyone had similar situation and solved it?
  8. alphaswift macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2014
  9. Ben777 thread starter macrumors member


    Jun 24, 2013
    Yes, tried four different chargers and different cords, two of them - Apple chargers ;-\
  10. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
  11. Ben777 thread starter macrumors member


    Jun 24, 2013
    I will.
  12. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    I swear it’s weird stuff like this that makes me think there really are things like gremlins that get into electronics and make them go haywire all at the same time. I read a short story to that effect at some point in my life. I think it was by Stephen King but I don’t know for sure. Good luck getting it all fixed.

    An exorcist may be required. But sometimes it’s sufficient to sacrifice a pocket calculator under the light of a full moon.
  13. Ben777 thread starter macrumors member


    Jun 24, 2013
    These were exactly my thoughts :D :D :D

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