April 25, 2018

Apple to replace iPhone batteries for $29 sooner rather than later

03 January 2018, 01:11 | Camille Rivera

Apple apologizes for secretly slowing older iPhones

Apple sanctioned in Qualcomm court case for withholding documents

It would seem the latter has been the option of a trio of plaintiffs in the U.S. who have filed lawsuits against Apple essentially claiming Tim Cook's crew failed to inform them about the processor throttling and that such enforced slowdowns were unethical and deceptive. That's because Apple's power management feature isn't slowing down older phones.

Following its apology for slowing down the iPhone for performance issues - Apple has jumpstarted its new $29 battery replacement program for the iPhone 6 and later models.

The iPhone X continues to be a hot topic for debate among analysts, who can't seem to agree on just what Apple will do, although they all seem to agree that the iPhone X isn't the hot commodity it was expected to be.

Apple plans to release an iOS update "early in 2018" to make it clearer when battery life is impacting iPhone performance.

Anecdotal evidence also suggests that you may be able to get a refund for the difference if you happened to pay for a battery replacement at the original full price of $79/£79 before the new policy went into effect, but this is likely on a case-by-base basis. Apple says iPhone batteries are meant to retain 80% of their capacity for up to 500 complete recharge cycles. If you're done with the iPhone, you have plenty of options. Older iPhones shouldn't be experiencing the slowdown, due to the switch with the 6 to a lithium-ion battery. Or do you take the company at its word? Apple conceded it hadn't communicated the issue sufficiently well, and promised a more affordable way to replace the battery inside handsets dating back to the iPhone 6.

The announcement, made on Apple's website, states that the battery replacements will cost $29 (a $50 discount from the standard $79 cost), and will be available from late January through December 2018.

According to a leaked memo obtained by iGeneration - and independently confirmed by MacRumors with Apple itself - the company is telling Apple Stores to offer the $29 replacement batteries even if a customer's phone passes the battery capacity test with flying colors.

In all, iPhone models are eligible for the replacement program as of now. There, Apple may be able to do a same-day fix or offer you a loaner phone.

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