Published on December 5th, 2018 | by Chuck80
Apple Reduces Cost of iPhone Battery Replacement from $79 to just $29 during 2018
Update 12/5/18: End of December this offer expires.
Update 5/23/18: Apple announced today that they’ll be issuing $50 refunds to those who replaced their batteries for $79 during 2017 before the $29 offer began.
Update 1/3/18: This is already live (HT: bgr), though wait times may be long. I recommend scheduling an appointment. Might be worth verifying with the store directly that they’ll be able to do the replacement before going down since some report being told ‘we’ll now order the battery for you’ when going down. There’s also mention by others that those who recently had their batteries replaced can get a partial refund to align with the new price.
Apple got into a bit of a snafu when they stated publicly that they slow down battery performance on older iPhones. Amid public outcry and even class action lawsuits, they’ve now come out with a clarification that they’d never slow down a phone to push people toward a new device, rather the slow down is to prevent unexpected shut downs as the device ages.
To address customer concerns:
- 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, starting in late January and available worldwide through December 2018. Details will be provided soon on apple.com.
- Early in 2018, Apple will issue an iOS software update with new features 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.
- Apple is working on ways to make the user experience even better, including improving how we manage performance and avoid unexpected shutdowns as batteries age.
$29 is really an incredible price for a new battery. I also like the second point of increased visibility – that way you can see clearly whether it’s worth investing in a new battery.
Battery replacement can be done at Apple stores in under half an hour. It’s worth making an appointment to keep wait times down. Again, this deal only starts in late January; the current price is still $79. And the deal is only available for iPhone 6 and newer.