Posted by Chuck on December 5, 2018
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Published on December 5th, 2018 | by Chuck

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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.

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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.

 



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JT
JT

iPhone 5s. No Apple Pay and no $29 battery replacement. Fuck me right?

J. Grant
J. Grant

More than happy to sell you one of my iPhone 6 phones.

Fishhunter
Fishhunter

Same here. Is the battery/performance issue affecting us as well? As in, will it also benefit us to get a new battery?

DD
DD

“ . . a third-party repair service has stepped up and seized the opportunity to boost business by helping Apple customers with older iPhone models.

Well-known and respected smartphone repair shop iFixit has announced that it is discounting its DIY iPhone battery repair kits to just $29, matching Apple’s newly lowered rate. Unlike Apple, however, iFixit is including iPhone models older than the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in its new program. If you have an iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, or iPhone 5c, iFixit will sell you a DIY kit for $29.“ bgr.com

Ranga
Ranga

dont worry. Its a blessing in disguise. I got my 6s battery replaced and guess what, in less than a month it started draining even faster. With some moderate use, the phone doesn’t even last 3-4 hours. Apparently, even if you go back to the Store, they indirectly say to gtfo. 6s is neither supported nor it is under warranty.

LBP
LBP

HINT… It might be time to think about upgrading…

Credit
Credit

Apple are thieves. Duck them

Donald
Donald

Quack, quack 🦆🦆

jcb
jcb

Whoa, good on apple. I was just starting research replacing one. A reliable battery itself is hard to get for that cheap. I’m a little concerned though that a new battery won’t help my vastly reduced performance iPhone 6 (after the iOS 11 upgrade) since a battery health app I downloaded only showed 9% wear…

Thanks for sharing!

DD
DD

“The $50 discount is something of a mea culpa, and it’s available to anyone with an iPhone 6 or later ***** even if the phone in question passes a diagnostic battery test at the Apple store.” bgr.com

Nate
Nate

You would be better off getting a processor speed app like Lirium Info Lite to see if your chip is running at max speed. The battery health apps are not very reliable, while the processing speed app will give you a definitive answer as to if your speeds are being throttled down to compensate for poor battery performance

zap
zap

// puts down calendar entry to replace my 6s battery in december 2018

the_shek
the_shek

So do you think it is worth keeping an iPhone 6s going into 2019 even with a new battery? I love the idea of the iphone 6s because it is the last iPhone with an aux jack but I’m concerned about the device functioning with a slower processor on newer iOS.

DD
DD

I thought it was my carrier. And I suppose it could be. We’ll see. I’m more than happy with my i6. Thank you for the article.

zap
zap

Unless that are really really critical security updates, I no longer “update” the iOS. Mine’s just updated from 9.x to 10.x (one of the few which Apple still allows 10.x on via the iOS ipsw signing. That WiFi KRacK bug can be avoided by simply turning off WiFi when out in public, rather than “upgrading” to 11.x and suffer all its bugs and “features”.) I’m by no means a typical user. I’m fine with not running the latest 11.x and its non-optional “differential privacy” (i.e. Apple silently indexing every photo on customers’ phones and creepily sorting them into folders like “bra” “underwear” “dogs”, ostensibly for training its AI/ML). So I’m not concerned about the “obscelence” (planned or not) of the 6s, including its small 4.7′ screen. There’s nothing in the newer Apple devices that make me want to get one. Quite the opposite, I’m still very glad I got the 6s (via the AT&T Access More $650 rebate).

Chucks
Chucks

You know a great upgrade to the iPhone 6s that’s a lot faster and has an aux jack? Galaxy S8…and a ton of other Android phones…

Oh derp, you only consider phones made by one manufacturer? Hmm…

Max
Max

I also have a 6s, and you can check to see if you can get a free battery here: https://www.apple.com/support/iphone6s-unexpectedshutdown/

I never had the shutdown problem, but my phone was eligible for free battery replacement.

mario
mario

THANK YOU so much for that; I’ve had shutdown problems but had no idea about the free battery replacement option. My serial number checks out, so free battery here I come

Max
Max

You’re welcome – that’s great news 🙂

J
J

What about iPad? My ipad 2 got extremely slow after system update as well…

DD
DD

Great question.

Fork
Fork

It used to be they didn’t actually replace your battery — they sent you a (spotless) refurb phone with a new battery. Not sure if that’s still the case.

Bob
Bob

Nope, a battery replacement takes <10 min by someone who knows how to open the iPhone. Wait time is 40-60 min at most stores to get this done

Fork
Fork

Good info. I must be thinking WAY back when you still had to send the phone in to HQ.

dizzy
dizzy

Still annoyed about my iPhone 5 which they refused to fix/cover for U2 chip malfunction- a fault they have. They claimed it was my fault for using a non-iPhone charger. I was in Tajikistan, there are no iPhone chargers, plus how was I to know that a non-iPhone charger would literally break the phone. Went through 2 batteries before I even learned it was the U2 chip. Cost to fix is more than phone is worth. I love my macbook but never again, iPhone.

Steve
Steve

Apple users are lemmings. Sorry brother in law.

Elias
Elias

Ha. Apple fan boys with battery problems on their fancy phones and they need to be replaced. As a samsung user masterrace I never had an issue with my note 7…

*explosion sound*

Information Booth
Information Booth

I find it interesting that they give you an Update to make your phone slower. That seems to be counterintuitive unless you factor in the truth… they were being honest with the first statement. Why would a company so hell bent on cheating their customers come clean… a threat of a class-action lawsuit, perhaps!?! All my devices are Android, I don’t even own any Apple products, but it infuriates me to witness greed on any level…just something to consider before purchasing your next phone. Happy New Year and love in Christ.

J. Grant
J. Grant

They are able to make billions due to IP theft and dishonesty. All of these huge tech manufacturers, but especially Samsung, Apple, LG and Qualcomm. It’s just business, and it’s pretty cutthroat and brutal.

cm

Maybe stop the bashing?! Have you never had a device turn off all of a sudden due to an old battery that couldn’t handle the load when below 20% or so?!

What would you rather have — random shutdowns at half the charge, or just a slowdown?

My Nexus 5 had no choice but to abruptly shutdown at 60% charge if any intensive app was run, towards its EoL. Having it slow instead would have been a much better proposition.

Peter
Peter

The device/os should recognize lower battery specs and adjust runtime accordingly. If battery gets old and only holds 80% capacity then device runtime and percent remaining should be adjusted to reflect such.

A battery that cannot withstand maximum current draw for its useful lifetime within the device is not suitable for the device. It is bad engineering to build a device with a fixed battery that can only run at peak performance for the first hundred or so charge cycles.

john mccann
john mccann

I’ll wait for the lawsuit.

DD
DD

“At least 15 lawsuits have been filed” bgr.com

Keith
Keith

Buy an Android phone and you will not have this problem.

Avi
Avi

Naah, I’d stick to my pigeons for delivering messages, reliable af.

David
David

Apple just found a “new” way to get your money out of your pocket.

Ric
Ric

Do people really believe Android doesn’t do the same thing?

Maria
Maria

Tell us which Android manufacturer does this?

maddi
maddi

Samsung tried to charge me $90 when my son’s battery “bloated” and broke the back glass. They ultimately relented but it took a month to fix it and return it. My daughter dropped her out of warranty iphone, and they gave her a “new” (guessing it was refurbished, but who cares) phone free. We have had fewer problems with our samsungs, but apple’s customer service beats samsung’s 1000 fold.

the_shek
the_shek

Android as an OS doesn’t do the same thing. My old android phones just shut off because the current draw was too high since the battery degraded. Getting a new battery would help but newer android phones don’t have user replaceable batteries so I would argue the Apple solution is better.

DD
DD

Sustained

HarryTheFirstHarry
HarryTheFirstHarry

Though I am Androidan and have never set foot or hand on an Apple, I am with Apple, the company on this one. I do not see them having made a great big error here – their users are typically those who do not know and do not want to know what goes on behind the “screens” and this is no exception. Apple users should stop complaining because Apple was acting in the interest of the users. If Apple had not done what they did, then users would have had to shell out money for either a battery replacement or a new iPhone both of which would have advantaged Apple itself more than the users. By slowing down the phone and extending the battery life, Apply did certainly help the users.

Of course there will be “legal” arguments on weather users should have been notified but what I am saying is just the practical way things have been and will continue to be….Majority of the Apple users never read things like fine print and never would have read it even if Apple had disclosed it.

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