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Apple Drops Fee to Replace Batt in Older iPhones

December 30, 2017 by  

Apple Offers Battery Replacement Program
In the wake of a crushing crisis of user confidence that started earlier this month, Apple, Inc. is answering the mounting discontent with a new program.

The initiative, announced December 28 on their website, offers reduced pricing on battery replacements for out-of-warranty iPhones (6 or later). There was no mention of how/if this program applies to iPad users.

The longtime suspicion among iPhone users is/was that Apple placed a “throttling” capability inside iOS updates; everytime a user of an older phone did the most-current update, their phone was never the same, in terms of it’s pep and responsiveness.

The conspiracy thoery says that Apple did this amid ever-growing pressure from investors to sell more and more units with each new iPhone model release. Afterall, their stock price rises and falls based on how many iPhone units sell in any given quarter.

The theory goes that if your phone is, all-of-the-sudden, lagging on things as simple as texting or tapping-out an email, users would be more-apt to upgrade their phone with the newest model to get back that lovin feeling of a modern device.

In the December 28 article, Apple included a statement, near the top, hoping to allay fears of long-time Apple devotees (like us), saying:

…we have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades.

The article then took the reader point-by-point through four of the key elements of this issue:

* How batteries age

* Preventing unexpected shutdowns

* Recent user feedback

* Addressing customer concerns

The most-important of these points is:

Apple is reducing the price of an out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacement by $50 — from $79 to $29 — for anyone with an iPhone 6 or later whose battery needs to be replaced, starting in late January and available worldwide through December 2018. Details will be provided soon on apple.com.

Use the link below to read the post, in full, then get over the the Apple Store when the time comes to get your batt a boost.

Links

Apple: “A Message to Our Customers…”

Apple: “iPhone Battery and Performance”


Apple Offers Battery Replacement Program

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