Apple will replace your iPhone battery even if it passes a test

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Apple will replace your iPhone battery even if it passes a test

The diagnostic test has been created to find out if the battery of an old iPhone is able to retain less than 80 percent of its original capacity.

The battery replacement program was scheduled to start by the end of January 2018. iPhone users with iPhone 6 and above can get their phone batteries replaced at price as low as Rs. 2,000, plus the taxes (down from Rs. 6,500), even if their phones are out of warranty.

In mid-December, Apple was forced to confirm what many had suspected: it was deliberately crippling the performance of older iPhones when users upgraded to newer versions of iOS. While lithium-ion batteries have a lot of advantages over older technology, there is a drawback in that they lose their potency and capacity after a certain number of charges. Supplies may be limited at first.

Added to the mix, and likely helping prevent any further lawsuits from being thrown at the firm, Apple also said it has reduced the price of out-of-warranty battery replacements for iPhones.

Tyler Barney wrote about problems he encountered on Reddit. Source Fox17 via Yahoo UK
Tyler Barney wrote about problems he encountered on Reddit. Source Fox17 via Yahoo UK

Now, anyone with an iPhone 6 or newer should be able to walk into an Apple store and have the battery in their iPhone replaced for $29, regardless of whether their phone's battery health has degraded past 80 percent or not. According to a report by MacRumors, Apple will replace batteries in iPhone 6 smartphones and later models even if they pass Apple's own diagnostic test.

Hostile customer reaction was swift after a report this month uncovered the intentional slowdown in speed tests. Apple has confirmed that its "power management" system will deactivate if the iPhone recognizes that a new, full-power battery has been installed. The iPhone 7 hit in September 2016. The fix helped "avoid unexpected shutdowns" and protected the phones, Apple says, but also caused some phones to take longer to launch apps and do other functions.

The Cupertino, Calif. -based company said last week it has been using software updates to help prolong the life of batteries in the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

While the post didn't note whether the battery replacements will be handled in Apple retail stores, or through a mail-in program, it did state that more details would be available on Apple's website soon.

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