Tech giant Apple declared today that they would offer a 50$ credit to all customers who paid for an out-of-warranty battery replacement for an iPhone 6 or later between January 1, 2017, and December 28, 2017.
This 50$ credit is an extension to Apple’s $29 battery replacement programme which was launched in December 2017 to provide lower-cost battery replacement to the customers whose iPhone’s are potentially affected by performance throttling due to battery degradation.
Customers who availed this service of $29 battery replacement from an Apple Stire, Apple Repair Centre or any Apple Authorized Service Provider are eligible for this $50 credit, and this credit is available as an electric fund transfer or a credit on the credit card which was used to pay at the time of battery replacement.
Users who got their iPhone repaired from third-party repair outlets are not eligible for this credit as Apple is strictly serving this credit to the one who availed repair service from authorized Apple service location. The programme is made for those who paid a full amount of $79 for an out-of-warranty battery replacement on their iPhone 6, ^ Plus, SE, 6s, 6s Plus, 7 or 7 Plus.
Why is Apple serving this 50$ credit?
As some Apple users paid a full amount of $79 for the out-of-warranty battery replacement of their iPhone 6 or later thus Apple is offering them a 50$ credit so that the effective repair cost can come up to $29. As Apple is charging the same $29 for the replacement of damaged batteries. This $50 credit is for the United States, and this will vary for other countries based on the cost of out-of-warranty battery repair in that particular country.
The users of Apple who paid for an out-of-warranty battery replacement will be contacted by Apple via email between 23 May to July 27. The email will also illustrate how to avail this credit of $50. Customers who think that they’re eligible for the credit but didn’t receive any email can contact the officials at Apple’s contact page.
Apple is offering a low-cost battery replacement following controversy over the power management features quietly introduced in older iPhones with the iOS 10.2.1.
This power management system was introduced to prevent the iPhone from unexpected shutdown when the battery is on the peak of the draw on devices with degraded batteries. But Apple faced a lot of criticism for not disclosing the fact that the power management feature throttled the processor on older iPhones with less than optimal batteries, which results in slower performance.
This throttling was first observed in late 2017, and the user felt deceived by Apple which later made the company stand in legal lawsuits. And then to come out of this and maintain a trust factor with its users the company started a $29 battery replacement program.