Saturday, 20 January, 2018

Here's how to get Apple's $29 battery replacement now

Apple sanctioned in Qualcomm court case for withholding documents Apple apologizes for secretly slowing older iPhones
Cristina Norman | 03 January, 2018, 02:14

This was after it was discovered that Apple were slowing down some iPhones with degraded batteries in orders to stop the handsets shutting down.

It would seem the latter has been the option of a trio of plaintiffs in the USA 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 means it's a good opportunity for any iPhone 6 (or later) owner to grab a cheap battery replacement, regardless of whether the current one is on its last legs.

Perhaps more importantly, there are reports that Apple is loosening its insistence when it comes to tests of battery health.

The debate assumes more importance as it was reported recently by Asia headquartered industry analysis firm Counterpoint that Apple earned United States dollars 151 on every iPhone sold in Q3 2017 which was five times its nearest competition Samsung which earned USD 31 per phone. Apple has confirmed that its "power management" system will deactivate if the iPhone recognizes that a new, full-power battery has been installed.

Apple also said it will cut the price of a battery replacement by $50 to $29 through next year.

This would be the latest concession to consumers since the tech giant acknowledged two weeks ago that some iPhones will operate more slowly due to a software fix to protect aging batteries.

Let us know of your experience getting your battery replaced in the comments. The iPhone 7 hit in September 2016.

It's worth noting that Apple's open letter about battery performance issues, while updated recently to clarify that the $29 replacement program is starting earlier than originally expected, still includes language that would suggest there are limits on who can get a swap. Several lawsuits have been filed seeking class action status on behalf of all iPhone owners, and are likely to be consolidated into a single case if judges allow them to proceed.

The company said it was acting to prolong the lives of older iPhone devices and guard against unexpected shutdowns.

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