Towards the end of 2017, Apple had to deal with multiple class action lawsuits for slowing down iPhones. The company issued an apology and rolled out a discounted battery replacement program. It now appears that this program has been temporarily halted for some iPhone users.
According to a report shared by MacRumors, Apple won’t have batteries in stock for the iPhone 6 Plus. As opposed to the promise of the batteries being available “right away”, according to an internal document distributed to Apple stores and authorized service providers, it could now take “approximately two weeks” for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s Plus; late March to early April for the iPhone 6 Plus; and batteries for the iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone SE will be, in Apple’s own words, “available without extended delays.”
These estimates are for the US, and the availability may vary across region. BGR India has reached out to Apple to confirm if such a delay should be expected in India as well.
In a letter to customers sent out in December, the company had said it will replace batteries of old iPhone at a discounted price starting late January. However, the program came into effect much before Apple’s announced date. At that time itself, Apple cautioned that supplies of replacement batteries might be limited at the start of this program.
Under the program, Apple is offering battery replacement to owners of iPhone 6 or later at a discounted price of $29 (Rs 1,800 approximately). The battery replacement from Apple generally costs $79 (Rs 5,000 approximately) and the iPhone maker says new battery will restore 70 percent of peak performance.