Apple Offers $29 iPhone Battery Replacements after Slowdown Controversy

Apple Offers $29 iPhone Battery Replacements after Slowdown Controversy

While many Android phones allow users to fix them on their own, Apple has been vigorously fighting against consumers that want to replace an old iPhone battery on their own, claiming that owners are merely buying the right to use the device rather than owning it outright.

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 offer runs until the end of December 2018, so there's plenty of time to capitalise.

While the post didn't note whether the battery replacements will be handled in Apple retail stores, or through a mail-in program, it did state that more details would be available on Apple's website soon.

Apple's initial olive branch to owners of iPhones with slowed responses was to say it would begin offering replacement batteries at a $50 discount to its usual $79 price later this month. We recently extended the same support for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 11.2.

"Apple's failure to inform consumers these updates would wreak havoc on the phone's performance is being deemed purposeful, and if proven, constitutes the unlawful and decisive withholding of material information", said James Vlahakis from the Sulaiman Law Group which is representing the plaintiffs taking legal action in Chicago.

Recently, a theory that came out originally by a Reddit user shows that Apple is deliberately decreasing the performance of the smartphone as it gets old with a firmware update.

So if you have any iPhone model from iPhone 6 to iPhone 7, you qualify for $29 battery replacements as long as your device is in good condition and doesn't have any other defects.

Apple Inc (Apple) designs, manufactures and markets mobile communication and media devices, personal computers, and portable digital music players, and a variety of related software, services, peripherals, networking solutions, and third-party digital content and applications. It will effectively reduce the throttling of the processor.

Apple really stepped in it a few weeks ago when it admitted it was indeed slowing down older iPhones. Apple has confirmed that its "power management" system will deactivate if the iPhone recognizes that a new, full-power battery has been installed.

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