Late December 2017, Apple announced that it is discounting iPhone battery replacement program, wherein as against the usual price of $79, the company was offering to replace batteries for $29 for iPhone 6 and above. The new batteries are said to restore 70 percent of peak performance. Now, a new report comes in that suggests that Apple is mulling over offering rebates to people who paid a full price for replacing their iPhone batteries before the discounted program was introduced. Also Read - Apple adds UPI, RuPay, net banking on App Store: How to add new payment methodsAlso Read - Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' job application sold for over Rs 2.5 crore
Recode reports that a Republican lawmaker investigating the issue, wrote to Apple to understand what would happen to consumers who already purchased new batteries at their previous, higher prices. He wrote in a letter, Has Apple explored whether consumers who paid the full, non-discounted price for a replacement batter in an effort to restore performance should be allowed to seek a rebate for some of the purchase price? Also Read - Apple iOS 15, iPadOS 15 beta 4 released: What’s new, how to download
In response, Cynthia Hogan, Apple s vice president for public policy in the Americas, told Thune, Yes, we are exploring this and will update you accordingly.
The entire battery replacement program comes in the wake of a controversy about Apple s practice of slowing down older devices. Apple admitted that it does slow performance of old iPhones in order to prevent unexpected shutdown . The confirmation came after Primate Labs John Poole demonstrated how performance of old iPhones get throttled with the release of iOS 10.2.1. Apple said it introduced a new power management feature with the release of iOS 10.2.1 that limited old iPhones from hitting peak performance that could lead to unexpected shutdown.
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