- Apple has announced a credit for iPhone battery replacements
- The credit is available for out-of-warranty battery replacements
- The company is giving $50 as the credit to all eligible customers
Apple is offering a $50 credit to certain customers who paid full price for an iPhone battery replacement within 2017.
The offered credit is an extension of the $29 battery replacement program, which Apple launched in December in response to the infamous iPhone throttling issue.
Apple Offers $50 Credit To iPhone Battery Replacement Customers
Apple is giving $50 credit to all those customers who had to pay for a battery replacement for the iPhone 6, or later models . Apple’s “iPhone out-of-warranty battery replacement credit” covers replacements at any Apple authorised service locations from January 1, 2017, through January 28, 2018.
The company said it will alert customers who are eligible for refunds via email between May 23 and July 2018 with all details on how to obtain the credit. The $50 credit will be provided as an electronic funds transfer or a credit on the credit card used to pay for the battery replacement service. If you feel you are eligible for a credit but aren’t contacted by Apple, you can contact the company directly. It should be noted that you will be asked the proof of service at an Apple authorized service location.
Apple further says that it will not offer credits for the iPhone battery replacements that were performed within the warranty. iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X batteries are covered; older iPhone models such as the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are not.
Remembering The iPhone Throttling Issue
The $50 credit matches the $50 discount that Apple provided for iPhone battery replacements, which are now only $29 from the original price of $79.
The discounted iPhone battery replacement was Apple’s attempt at an iPhone throttling fix after the issue exploded in December 2017. Apple was found to have been throttling iPhones to extend the life of degraded batteries , an allegation that was later confirmed by Apple. According to the company, the “feature” was implemented to prevent random shutdowns.
As iPhone owners scrambled to determine if they were affected by the iPhone throttling issue, lawsuits against Apple started coming in.
To try to make things right, Apple decided right before 2017 ended to offer $29 iPhone battery replacements, giving customers a significant discount to get their iPhones at peak performance. Apple then rolled out the Battery Health menu in iOS 11.3 to give users the option of whether to disable iPhone throttling or to conserve battery.
The debate whether these actions are enough for iPhone owners to accept Apple’s apology is still ongoing. Samsung, meanwhile, apparently will not let Apple forget about the iPhone throttling issue.
The move comes after it was discovered that Apple throttles the speed of previous-generation iPhones with old batteries. Last December, the company admitted to secretly slowing down the performance of old iPhones. Many consumers were upset about the practice. In fact, some users even filed a class action suit against Apple as a result. As an apology, Apple this year began reducing the price of an out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacement by $50 from $79 to $29, available worldwide through December 2018. In India, the cost of replacement for a battery was around Rs 2000, down from Rs 5990.