Apple Apologizes, Offers To Replace Older iPhone Batteries For $29

Doug Carpenter
December 29, 2017

So we'll keep you updated on Android manufacturer responses to Apple's throttling and whether or not they perform similar actions to their older phones.

To make amends, Apple will temporarily drop the price of replacement batteries to $29 starting in late January.

That disclosure played on a common belief among consumers that Apple purposely slows down older phones to encourage customers to buy newer iPhone models. "We apologize", Apple's letter said. The stock is up 47.7% so far this year, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which counts Apple as a component, has increased 25.7%. "Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love, and making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that".

"A chemically aged battery also becomes less capable of delivering peak energy loads, especially in a low state of charge, which may result in a device unexpectedly shutting itself down in some situations".

It's been about a week since Apple admitted to knowingly slowing down iPhones with older batteries, and a grand total of eight class action lawsuits have been filed against the tech giant. And it was discovered by a user who found that replacing their iPhone's battery significantly boosted its performance.

The power management failsafe, which was introduced in iOS 10.2.1, is now implemented for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 devices - including Plus model variants.

A conspiracy theory that has been around for quite awhile recently turned out to be true - sort of - as Apple officially confirmed that it does indeed slow down older iPhones as the batteries age and degrade.

While Apple originally thought the issues with the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus and iPhone SE had to do with upgrading the iOS operating system, the company now believes the issue unfolds because of the batteries.

The company releases new flagships each year, and some argue that iPhone fans are more likely to upgrade to a newer model if they are no longer satisfied with their older iPhone's performance. The reduced price will remain available throughout 2018, the company said.

Consequently, the company will also issue an update in early 2018 that "give users more visibility into the health of their iPhone's battery, so they can see for themselves if its condition is affecting performance".

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