The last week has been dominated by the news that Apple has been intentionally slowing the speeds of older iPhone models with aging batteries, followed by an apology from the company to be more transparent about its software updates with regard to power management. After this disclosure, Apple announced it would be lowering the price of iPhone battery replacements to $29 starting next month, however they’ve now stated that the price change is effective immediately.
Apple usually charges $79 for out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacements, and the company has said the $50 discount will apply to all affected users with an iPhone 6 or newer, even if their device isn’t actively covered by AppleCare. While it was originally said that the reduced price on battery replacements would go into effect in late January, Apple has stated the $29 replacement fee is now effective throughout the US.
Along with removing the mention of the January timeframe from the apology letter to customers on its website, Apple released the following statement: “We expected to need more time to be ready, but we are happy to offer our customers the lower pricing right away. Initial supplies of some replacement batteries may be limited.”
The company notes it may not be able to fully ramp up its supply of replacement batteries until January, so owners of an iPhone 6 or newer may have some difficulty getting a new battery installed in the first few weeks. In addition, Apple’s reduced price on iPhone battery replacements will be available worldwide through December 2018, with exact prices varying depending on the country.