Apple reportedly made an announcement on Saturday, 30th December 2017, that they would be making their reduced $29 battery replacements available immediately, especially for iPhone 6 and all newer models. The Cupertino giant had previously mentioned that the battery replacement program would begin sometime in late January, wherein the firm would provide access to cheap battery replacement. However, they seem to have gotten rid of the time-frame, as was mentioned in the letter that they addressed to their customers. Apple has now confirmed with Tech Crunch as well, that the batteries will be made available immediately.
According to a report by Mac Rumors, this is what their post read:
“We expected to need more time to be ready, but we are happy to offer our customers the lower pricing right away. Initial supplies of some replacement batteries may be limited.”
The original price of a battery replacement service for an iPhone, which is not under warranty, is around $79. However, the firm decided to reduce its price by around $50 after a wave of controversy hit them hard. Many research developers managed to discover that Apple purposely updates its iPhone devices in such a way that its performance over time, would slow down. The reactions became even worse when the company admitted to doing so.
The main problem in this matter is the lack of transparency that Apple holds with its customers. Apple should have kept its customers informed of the power management changes it was making in IOS 10.2.1. When it released IOS 10.2.1. in February, the company only chose to explain that a few changes were made, due to which temporary slowdowns or shutdowns would take place in models with degraded batteries. If Apple had kept its customers informed of what exactly they were doing, then things would have been very different for them as of today.