A few days ago, Apple reduced the battery replacement price for out-of-warranty iPhones from $79 to $29. Apple said in its apology note to customers that anyone with an iPhone 6 or later whose battery needs to be replaced, won’t have to pass a Genius Bar diagnostic test.
The French tech site iGeneration reported that an Apple Store memo states that if a customer asks for a battery replacement on an iPhone 6 or newer, the Genius Bar should allow it, whether or not the phone passes the diagnostic test. This means if the diagnostic test shows that the iPhone is able to retain less than 80 percent of its original capacity, Apple will agree to replace the battery for $29.
Before the announcement on Tuesday, employees at Apple Stores would not fix an iPhone with a throttled performance if the battery was above 80 percent of its original capacity. Now, anyone is welcome to have their battery replaced. However, Apple may not replace the battery if it finds other damages or if anything has been replaced by a third-party component.
People have speculated that Apple was slowing down older devices, and after news broke confirming it, the company has been hit with several class action lawsuits.
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