Apple are offering cheap iPhone battery replacements for the iPhone 6 and later until December 2018.
For the price of £25, iPhone owners can replace their batteries, even if their handset is out of warranty. Apple has also confirmed that the discounted rate will apply if an iPhone battery is faulty or not.
This discount comes in response to recent stark criticism over Apple admitting it deliberately slows down older phones performance using iOS software updates.
Apple’s battery replacement service usually takes less than seven days to complete and, in many cases, can be fixed in less than 24 hours.
In addition, Apple offer ‘loaner iPhones’ for customers to use while their own phone is being repaired.
Apple is still facing outcry from its UK users over the performance issues. It’s been theorised for years that older versions of iPhones were being slowed down deliberately but December 2017 was the first time the company revealed publicly that this is the case.
Apple has tried to deflect by revealing that the updates which reduce processor speeds are an effort to improve the battery performance of old handsets.
As batteries age, they face unavoidable problems with their maximum charge and reliability.
Apple says that old batteries can cause iPhones to unexpectedly shutdown when the processor is pushed to its limits. By deliberately limiting the processor’s speed, Apple say their updates increase the lifespan and reliability of their phones.
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.- Apple's statement to customers
This discount on replacement batteries is, in part, an apology to customers for the company’s lack of transparency in their practice of slowing down old phones.
However, even if customers choose to take advantage of the battery replacement service, they remain stuck with a phone that has been slowed down to accommodate old batteries. Although it is possible to ‘roll back’ a handset’s version of iOS to an previous version, this can cause compatibility issues and even risks breaking the phone entirely.
Apple’s rival smartphone manufacturers, Samsung, LG, HTC, and Motorola, have all confirmed that their own updates do not slow down older handsets.