Apple slashes the price of replacement batteries and apologises for slowing down older iPhones

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Apple was accused of slowing the older iPhones down with updates in order to boost the sales of its newer phones. The issue was a pretty serious one and many iPhone 6 users were facing it. The apps on the phone took longer than ever and unexpected shutdowns were becoming a normal sight. The company has now released an official apology to clarify its stance and decided to slash the cost of replacement batteries for the iPhone 6 and the ones launched after it. 

Apple has basically denied the allegation according to which it was focussing only on its benefits rather than customer experience. The company believes that the slowing down of the iPhone 6 or the ones released after it was due to the phone’s battery.

Apple has tried to explain how the batteries in the iPhone age due to continuous usage, chemical composition and charging in hot temperatures. The company has mentioned how the iOS 10.2.1 update did wonders for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone SE in terms of power management. The company says that this update helps the phones run for a longer duration. Similarly, the iPhone 7 and the others received the same support in iOS 11.2 recently.

The update has improved the battery performance but has made the phones slower. The apps take a longer time to load and the phone shuts down unexpectedly. Apple believes that this update has caused some problems due to the bugs which were present at the time of initiation and due to some new software. 

Apple is making a power management chip

Along with this update and the battery aging, the iPhone 6 and the other phones have been suffering unexpected shutdowns. The company has realized that it is important to solve these battery issues by providing replacements at an affordable price. The phones have already started receiving bug fixes and this reduction in replacement battery’s cost will prove to be fruitful in making the phones run as smoothly as ever.

Apple did confirm slowing down its phones to ensure longer battery life with the iOS 10.1.2 update.

You can now get your hands on the replacement batteries at a price of $29 instead of the earlier price of $79. The $50 discount is applicable to all iPhone 6 and newer iPhone users around the world. The replacement price will be effective from January 2018 and will be applicable until December 2018. 

“Early in 2018, we will issue an iOS software update with new features that give users more visibility into the health of their iPhone’s battery, so they can see for themselves if its condition is affecting performance,” says Apple.

Are you using the iPhone 6 or any other iPhone? Have you also been facing the same battery issue? Let us know in the comments section below!

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