Apple considers iPhone battery replacement rebates

Todd Singleton
February 11, 2018

The price for the battery was reduced after Apple admitted and apologized for throttling down the power on iPhone 6 and later models to avoid shutdowns.

The letter comes just a few weeks after Apple admitted that the company was secretly slowing down older iPhones to compensate for the loss in battery efficiency and to maintain optimum battery life. The tenth-anniversary iPhone model is everything that a user would like to have for a highly innovative device.

More than a year after its battery slowdown update, Apple has been besieged by a flood of lawsuits seeking class-action status, and government watchdog agencies in France, Italy and South Korea began probes into whether Apple engaged in planned obsolescence.

The previous iOS 11.3 Beta from Apple had some issues being faced after which iOS 11.3 Beta 2 is out to bring out new features that will help in knowing iPhone's battery health. So it's not that the newer iPhone models don't have throttling practices.

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The iOS 11.3 beta 2 can be installed by going to the section of - Settings General Software Update, and you should be prompted to download and install the update. If the test gives the result that the battery has a 100% then there is nothing to worry.

The reason Apple has gone for this feature is that irrespective of the iPhone model, the battery will be lose its capacity to hold charge over time. As part of its solution, Apple cut its battery replacement program to just $30 instead of $70. However, the only benefit I'd get from a battery replacement right now is increased lifespan since the device isn't being throttled. For now, this update only applies to the iPhone SE, 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, 7, and 7 Plus.

Apple has revealed the new Battery Health menu that will allow users to disable speed throttling that was implemented by Apple to preserve the battery health of the phone.

Earlier this week, Apple developers received the iOS 11.3 beta 2 software which included the battery health featuers. However, if your iPhone does randomly shut down due to battery health and performance issues, this feature will automatically enable itself once again to prevent future shutdowns.

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