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. They admitted their mistake and Apple is reducing the price of an out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacement by $50 from $79 to $29 for anyone with an iPhone 6 or later whose battery needs to be replaced, available worldwide through December 2018.
In a blog post, Apple addressed its customers how the batteries age. All rechargeable batteries are consumable components that become less effective as they chemically age and their ability to hold a charge diminishes. Time and the number of times a battery has been charged are not the only factors in this chemical aging process. Device use also affects the performance of a battery over its lifespan.
For example, leaving or charging a battery in a hot environment can cause a battery to age faster. These are characteristics of battery chemistry, common to lithium-ion batteries across the industry. Apple added, “It should go without saying that we think sudden, unexpected shutdowns are unacceptable. We don’t want any of our users to lose a call, miss taking a picture or have any other part of their iPhone experience interrupted if we can avoid it.”
So, if your phone is old and you are getting performance issues, it is because of the battery deterioration and you can always hop to the store and get a battery for $29. This usually was $79 but they reduced $50 to give the customers the chance of getting their faith. Customer response to iOS 10.2.1 was positive, as it successfully reduced the occurrence of unexpected shutdowns. We recently extended the same support for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 11.2.
There are three ways to get this replacement done:
- At an Apple Store
- At an authorized Apple service center
- By mail
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