Update: This offer ends in 3 days, starting January 1st 2019 it will cost $49 for a battery replacement, be sure to get your iPhone batteries replaced before then.
Originally posted on 1/3/18.
Apple has been under fire for throttling iPhone performance as their batteries age. Class action lawsuits are popping up by the dozen.
I’ll never forgive Steve Jobs for deciding that phones needed sealed batteries. I was a big fan of having a spare battery charger and never needing to tether my phone to a charger.
The benefit of sealed batteries for the phone manufacturers is huge though. They can use pretty (and fragile!) glass sandwiches to seal their phones. And customers need to replace their phones with sealed batteries more frequently as they are hard for users to replace as they degrade. It’s perfect planned obsolescence. Though it wound up burning Samsung when they had to recall the Note7 rather than send out replacement batteries.
Apple apologized, though it’s not clear what they are apologizing for. They announced that they will continue to throttle the performance of phones this older batteries in order to avoid phones from shutting down.
However if you do have an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, Apple will replace your battery for just $29, regardless of whether the battery fails in diagnostic testing.
You can make a reservation to get your battery replaced by going to Apple’s support page, clicking on iPhone, clicking on Battery, Power & Charging, clicking on Battery replacement, and clicking on Bring in for Repair. Then login to your Apple account to select your phone and make an appointment.
Will you get a new battery for $29?