Apple confirms it’ll replace your iPhone’s old battery, regardless of diagnostic test result

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If you’ve got an iPhone with an older battery and you’ve been thinking about taking Apple up on its $29 battery replacement offer, there’s some more info about it that you should be aware of.

Apple said today that it will replace the battery on an iPhone 6 or later for $29, even if it passes the company’s diagnostic test that shows that it retains less than 80 percent of its original capacity.

Also of note is that some consumers have said that if they had their iPhone’s older battery replaced for $79 before December 30th, they requested a refund of the difference from Apple and got it.

It’s a good move for Apple to give customers a $29 battery replacement if they want some. The news that Apple slowed down iPhones with older batteries frustrated a lot of people, and telling some consumers that they couldn’t be a $29 battery replacement because their phone’s battery was at 80 percent capacity or more could make the whole situation even worse for Apple.

Source: MacRumors

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  • dontsh00tmesanta

    Should be free, given everything.

    • Prode

      That wouldn’t make any sense. The iPhone 6 is 2 or 3 years old. I am not defending Apple at all since this could of been handled differently but they said that the reason they did this was because the battery could not handle high load that the CPU needed at peak speed. So they slowed the CPU down, this way making it so that it did not draw the kind of power it could of used. This only happened to people with batteries that needed to be replaced because of the degraded performance the battery was giving. So you’re saying that because your phone is 2 or 3 years old and the battery is almost dead, Apple should just give you a new battery. They are trying to make your phone still work for you. I would want a working slower phone then a phone that just shuts off and maybe doesn’t turn back on. Like I said I am not defending Apple on this because they could of maybe put a message on the screen that said something like do you want this to happen or something. Maybe a warning about the battery, but over all $29 for a new battery is pretty nice and good to start with for a up to 3 year old phone.

      • beachtrax

        Plus Apple has to warranty the replacement battery since they put it in. New life for that older phone.

  • Frankwhitess

    Switch to Samsung..

    • George Salcedo

      Samsung blows, switch to HTC and you’ll be happy.

      • Jerry Rich

        Yikes!!! There is still one HTC fanboy left!

        • George Salcedo

          I’ve yet to find another Android handset oem that beats HTC’s performance. Samsung has made strides but the os isn’t always smooth.

        • Mike Thaler

          I had an HTC up to a few years ago when they decided to emulate Apple and put in a non replaceable battery (by user). The idea is to “encourage” premature replacement of the phone. Then Samsung then LG followed suit. There are no more top of line phones that allow the user to carry a backup battery.

      • bkat11

        Unless its the HTC version of Pixel 2 I’ll pass

  • fort

    Switch to Pixel.

  • MadMartigan

    This just blows my mind…

    Step 1: Purposefully throttle device performance.
    Step 2: Extort users for money to remove artificial performance barrier.
    Step 3: wait a year and repeat. (Even if user buys new model)

    These guys are friggin’ geniuses. Somehow they have the majority of their users not only accepting it, but eating it up and literally defending it. Crazy.

  • Sharti24

    Ordered mine! Had to call my local store and have them take an order for 1 battery? Weird, you’d think that apple would buy thousands of batteries and just swap them out. Why order individually?

    I was at 84% battery life with 411 charge cycles last month when i took it in before this whole scandal went down