Apple slashes price of slow iPhone battery swap earlier than expected

Technology       by Haider Ali Sindhu | Published

After this disclosure, Apple announced it would be lowering the price of iPhone battery replacements to $29 starting next month, however they've now stated that the price change is effective immediately. The lower prices are only available until the end of 2018. "Initial supplies of some replacement batteries may be limited", Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller told ABC. Apple later added it for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Samsung and LG, two of the biggest smartphone manufacturers, on Saturday claimed that they do not slow their smartphones with old batteries like Apple.

"We apologize", the company said on its website. You can also use it to check whether or not your iPhone is affected by Apple's speed throttling. By reducing the performance of a handset, it's possible to artificially boost battery life.

Apple's slowing-down of old phones had garnered much media attention in recent days, with some critics suggesting it's a smoking gun of planned obsolescence - a sneaky ploy to entice customers to pay out for newer, more expensive iPhone models.

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So while Apple will take a hit in the short-term due to the price drop on its battery replacements - on which, analysts say, Apple also makes a profit - Moorhead said he doesn't think any dip will last long. After all, your battery replacement will be handled in-store by a certified Apple technician, and should result in you receiving a device that is wholly intact, complete with waterproofing (i.e. iPhone 6s and iPhone 7).

Reuters/Stephen LamApple battery replacement kits became popular when the company revealed that they have been deliberately slowing iPhones with older batteries. Apple warns that repairs could take up to 5 business days. Earlier, the company was facing criticism after admitting that changes and updates made by it are slowing the its older phones.

"Assuming that the data the battery-monitoring feature shares is helpful and that the battery-replacement program goes off without a hitch, Apple customers will be better informed and have better-functioning iPhones", according to Business Insider.

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