Apple Says Sorry for Slowing Your iPhone With $29 Replacement Battery Offer
By now you’ve probably heard that Apple has fessed up to slowing down older iPhones.
Why’d the company do it? To make you buy a new iPhone, right? Apparently not. The company claims older iPhone batteries were suddenly shutting down and damaging the phones. Consumers had complained about the same issue earlier in 2017. So to combat this, Apple intentionally slowed down certain processes to reduce strain on the battery.
Hmmm. OK. But that doesn’t make slowing down our phones and not telling us why any more acceptable.
Now, Apple is taking a bigger step toward fixing the problem before it ends up on the wrong end of a class-action lawsuit.
Get a Replacement iPhone Battery on the Cheap
In hopes of an amicable solution to the problem, Apple has dropped the price on replacement batteries for iPhone 6 or later models from $79 to $29.
According to Apple’s website, it was getting a barrage of complaints.
“Over the course of this fall, we began to receive feedback from some users who were seeing slower performance in certain situations. Based on our experience, we initially thought this was due to a combination of two factors: a normal, temporary performance impact when upgrading the operating system as iPhone installs new software and updates apps, and minor bugs in the initial release which have since been fixed.
We now believe that another contributor to these user experiences is the continued chemical aging of the batteries in older iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s devices, many of which are still running on their original batteries.”
The deal starts sometime in late January and will be available through the end of 2018, and your phone doesn’t need to be under warranty to get the deal. Keep an eye on Apple.com for details on the release date.
Apple will also issue a new iOS software update to help users gauge the health of their iPhone’s battery.
So in short, if you don’t have the newest possible iPhone, keep an eye out for the new iOS update coming in January, and then see if your battery is up to snuff. Keeping your phone up and running for just $29? Not a bad deal.
Tyler Omoth is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder who loves soaking up the sun and finding creative ways to help others. Catch him on Twitter at @Tyomoth.