Apple had faced severe criticism of late for slowing down performance of older iPhones. The company however did publish a letter to customers apologising for the same and admitted that it was slowing down older phones to compensate for degrading batteries.
Apple at that time also announced that it will offer those users having iPhone 6 or later a battery replacement for $29, slashing $50 off from the original cost of $79. While the Cupertino tech company slotted the battery replacement in late January, the program is now live in the US and around the globe. In India, users can now get replacement batteries for Rs 2,000 plus taxes, down from Rs 6,500.
According to a report from The Indian Express, Apple has confirmed that consumers in India can now replace the batteries at the ‘new reduced pricing’. The program will run throughout the year.
“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 said in a statement.
The reasonable $50 discount on battery replacement can be a good option for users whose device needs that extra amount of juice to enhance performance. Apple previously had also promised that it will push a new software update early this year to provide users an insight into the battery life.
The instances of lower processing speed was unearthed last December by Primate Labs founder, John Poole. Apparently, the iPhone 7, iPhone 6 & 6S, iPhone SE faced slower peak performance eventually as they got older and the batteries couldn’t provide ‘much power to the processor’. Apple did admit that an iOS 10.2.1 software update altered the performance on the iPhone 6, 6s and SE. The company did explain that it was trying to “smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down” when the batteries aged.
While the battery decay doesn’t seem a major issue for Apple, leading tech companies like Samsung, HTC did get a chance to take a dig at the iPhone maker for claiming that they haven’t taken such approach for their devices.