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Run, Don't Walk to Replace Your iPhone Battery

Run, Don't Walk to Replace Your iPhone Battery

"We've been hearing feedback from our customers about the way we handle performance for iPhones with older batteries and how we have communicated that process", said Apple in a statement. That usually takes a year or two-or around the time you'd upgrade iOS and see it all slow down when the new iOS detects an aging battery and reduces processor output to "help" you. Frequent unexpected shutdowns can make the phone unreliable and unusable.

Like always, Apple has not commented anything about the cost of a battery replacement offered under the program. Weeks later, the company is being sued, and the battery replacement is its public relations response. Like a jalopy after a Jiffy Lube, a three-year-old iPhone with a fresh battery will not only run longer, chances are it will also run faster. However, that threshold has no bearing on this promotion, meaning if you've got a qualifying iPhone, you should probably swap out the battery this year just to extend your phone's lifespan regardless if you absolutely need a new battery now or not. Batteries for out-of-warranty iPhone 6 or later models will cost $29, down from the regular $79.

If nothing else, that would explain why Apple was relatively quiet about the problem before; Apple's engineers thought they had more or less taken care of it already, and were taken by surprise as iOS throttled performance more and more to prevent shutdowns. Some mom-and-pop fix shops will replace an iPhone battery for less than $30 (roughly Rs. 1900). Apple just started a program that can make old iPhones feel new again - for just $29 (Rs. 2,000 plus taxes in India).

But how do you go about taking Apple up on its offer? Making things worse is the fact that iPhones generally have smaller battery capacities than its rivals.

Conversely, you could also send your iPhone to Apple by mail, though you'll have to foot the bill for shipping.

Unbeknownst to iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone 6s owners, Apple inserted code into iOS 10.2.1 that deliberately slowed down the processing performance of these phones by linking each phone's processing performance with its battery health. If you're bringing your iPhone in for a battery replacement, you'll want to schedule an appointment to avoid waiting.

Apple will issue an update to its operating system early next year to give users a better understanding of the health of their battery. But with the program being underway, the Apple customer can now visit any Apple Store or log on to Apple's support site and request to get their battery replaced at discounted price. It's possible that's just a miscommunication between Apple Corporate and individual stores.

How do you know if you'd benefit from a new battery?

The iPhone battery, starting with the iPhone 6, uses a lithium-ion technology. Alas, that ship has sailed for both Apple and almost all other smartphone manufacturers.

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