Terrible iPhone battery life? Time is running out FAST to take advantage of Apple’s discount battery replacement
The clock is ticking for the discounted battery replacement scheme
Apple’s discounted battery replacement programme ends on December 31, 2018. The scheme was introduced in December last year following a backlash over the revelation that Apple intentionally slows down the performance of older iPhone models in order to prevent unexpected shutdowns when the chipset draws too much power from an ageing battery cell.
Apple slashed the price of its out-of-warranty battery replacement by $68.86 – from $100.74 to $31.88 – for anyone with an iPhone 6 or later whose battery needed to be replaced.
However, with the scheme now coming to an end, those who haven’t already taken advantage of the reduced pricing should schedule an appointment with their local Genius Bar – or face a hefty bill in the new year.
From January 1, 2019 onwards, Apple will start charging iPhone owners $57.37 for an out-of-warranty battery replacement. While that’s still not as expensive as the $100.74 charge before the scheme was introduced last year, it’s still enough of an increase that it’s well worth scheduling your appointment this side of New Years Eve.