Though the company hasn't updated the relevant support page to reflect this information as of writing, MacRumors has confirmed that Apple will agree to replace an iPhone's battery for $29 regardless of whether or not it passes the the company's diagnostic test, marking yet another concession towards their customers.
As of January 1, it will cost just $29 to replace the battery in an iPhone (for the iPhone 6 and newer) - though if your phone is covered by AppleCare or AppleCare+, replacements will still be free. There, Apple may be able to do a same-day fix or offer you a loaner phone. The process is similar on the app.
Piper Jaffray's Michael Olsen said a company survey of potential iPhone buyers shows that, while people will still but older models in 2018, the newer iPhone 8 handsets and the iPhone X should still get their share of consumer dollars. That will cost an additional $6.95 for shipping and handling.
So, if your phone is old and you are getting performance issues, it is because of the battery deterioration and you can always hop to the store and get a battery for $29. If you'll be without a device for a few days, you can move your phone's SIM card into another phone from the same wireless carrier.More news: KT brings Samsung Galaxy A8 to South Korea
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If you have an iPad or a Mac, you can still get iMessages and place FaceTime calls using your Apple ID.
The price drop is effective now, and ranges from the models 4S to the 7 Plus. If the battery was at 80 percent or more of originally stated performance, "Apple could refuse the replacement, even if the customer required it". 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.
Apple is replacing the batteries now, instead of waiting for the original end of the month start date. You'll need to schedule a Genius Bar appointment, and you'll need an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, or iPhone 7 or 7 Plus-and some patience because battery replacement appointments are filling up fast.
If you're exhausted of your iPhone battery not performing and you're running an iPhone6 or later, you're in luck. To see an example of why you shouldn't buy no-name phone parts, take a look at this teardown of two iPad chargers.