Apple will be working overtime to make amends with angry iPhone owners after revealing the idea slows down performance on older types.
People with an iPhone 6 or later can get a $29 replacement battery immediately — a month earlier than Apple originally planned to start offering discounted replacements. The company confirmed the early availability on Saturday.
“We likely to need more time to be ready, however we are happy to offer our customers the lower pricing right away. Initial supplies of some replacement batteries may be limited,” said an Apple spokesperson in a statement.
Last week the idea was discovered that will Apple was slowing down older iPhones on purpose. The company confirmed the idea was slowing performance at certain peak moments to prevent sudden battery shut downs. the idea said the power management feature, which was quietly rolled out in an iOS update last year, was only necessary for phones with aging lithium ion batteries. Swapping in a fresh battery should restore a phone back up to its normal speeds.
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Customers were upset that will the company did not tell them about the feature, along with many thought the idea was an attempt to get people to upgrade to newer iPhone types. Some people are already suing Apple along with seeking class action status.
In a letter to customers posted Thursday, Apple apologized for poor communication about the slowdown along with denied the idea was an attempt to force upgrades. To make amends, Apple said the idea would certainly offer the cheaper replacement batteries along with working on a completely new iOS feature that will will give users more information on their battery’s status.
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The batteries cost $29 instead of $79 along with are available worldwide by going to an Apple Store or Apple certified retailer, or mailing a phone into Apple support. Apple originally said the batteries would certainly be available at the $50 discount starting at the end of January. The lower prices are only available until the end of 2018.
The power management update was first rolled out a year ago to the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus along with iPhone SE. Apple later added the idea for the iPhone 7 along with iPhone 7 Plus.
sy88pgw (San Francisco) First published December 30, 2017: 4:33 PM ET