Replace iphone battery at Apple by Dec 31. In case you hadn’t heard, Apple has been busted for secretly throttling down older iPhones (with older batteries) in order to force people to upgrade to more expensive phones. In response to the revelation of their battery scam, Apple is reducing the cost of battery replacement from $79 to $29 (10.25% sales tax) through 2018 and you can get a replacement now.
I don’t replace my phones until they become unusable. I had my last phone for 45 months. My current phone is almost two years old and the battery was running at 91%. Some time next year it will probably drop below 80% which is the threshold for replacement. In order to save myself $50 plus tax I just had the battery replaced. I called and made an appointment. I was on hold for probably 8 minutes. They had appointments for the next day and through the next week. I made my appointment a week in advance. Prior to arriving I followed their instructions to: back up, update my software, turn off “Find My iPhone” and brought my Apple ID and password. The battery replacement process took an hour and a half. I worked on my laptop and went up front after an hour to pick it up. It wasn’t ready for another 30 minutes. I had to show ID to get it back. The store was mobbed at 3:30PM on a Friday and I overheard a Genius Bar employee telling someone that the crowds were due to everyone replacing their batteries before Dec. 31.
Anyone with an iPhone 6 or later whose battery needs to be replaced, starting
in late January now and available worldwide through December 2018. You can get your battery tested in two ways.
Make a Genius Bar appointment online or via phone and go into the store and they’ll put your phone in a machine and run diagnostics to determine the health of your battery. Or contact an authorized Apple service provider.
Over the phone
Call Apple support (800) MY–APPLE and allow them to run diagnostics online. You’ll need to be on wifi and give them access to your phone. I did this and as expected my battery is fine because my phone hasn’t had any problems and is less than a year old. If this price reduction is really ending in 2018 I’ll test it or get the phone tested again at the end of the year. It took fifteen minutes and I didn’t have to go outside!
Learn more about maximizing the battery performance and lifespan of your iOS device.
Here’s their official info
- Apple is reducing the price of an out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacement by $50 — from $79 to $29.
- Early in 2018, we 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. iPhone Battery and Performance.