Apple has recently received some flak for apparently slowing down iPhones with older batteries on purpose. In fact, the Cupertino company has also faced several class-action lawsuits from five affronted users, to date. Apple has since promised users that the company would keep their user experiences in good faith. To mitigate the older iPhone slow-downs due to older batteries, the company offers $50 less for battery replacements.
From $79, Apple dropped out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacements by $50 less at $29 (roughly Php 1,450). Starting January next year, users with the iPhone 6 or older (whose batteries need replacing) can turn in their old batteries. Apple intends on making this available worldwide through December 18. More details will be announced soon via Apple’s official website.
In principle, older devices with new batteries can run near-good as new in terms of app launch speed. Thus, Apple has also promised to roll out a January software update focused on showing the device’s battery health. This way, users can better see whether battery condition has been affecting performance in any way.
To recap, read Apple’s statement on slowdowns for iPhones with older batteries.
Apple’s official statement on iPhone performance and battery issue:
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. We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologize. There’s been a lot of misunderstanding about this issue, so we would like to clarify and let you know about some changes we’re making.
First and foremost, we have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades. Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love, and making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that.