iPhone owners with a battery that needs replacing have an ever-dwindling amount of time to get it done for cheaper. Apple’s reduced price battery replacement program is set to expire later this month, meaning the cost of replacement will instantly rise upon expiry.
Apple initiated the $29 reduced price battery replacement program when it became clear that a number of its devices were shipping with degraded batteries.
The program was set up for those devices and then extended to include replacements for iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. That extensive range of included device models meant that pretty much anyone at the time with an iPhone could have the battery replaced for just $29 rather than having to pay the $49 or $69 for iPhone X.
This replacement plan was definitely required but Apple’s hand was also slightly forced when it became clear that the company was throttling speed on devices when it detected that the battery was degraded. The public uproar resulted in Apple offering to replace batteries for just $29 to ensure that the public would have a device that didn’t fall foul of these throttling detections. Now, after offering that discount through its own company as well as official Apple Authorized Resellers, the program is about to end in the coming weeks.
When the program ends on December 31, the price of a battery replacement for iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus will rise to $49.
Those who have one of Apple’s 2017 iPhone X models will be required to pay $69 for a battery replacement outside of the bounds of this program. Anyone who has iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or iPhone XR, have not been eligible for a replacement under this program as those devices were announced and released after the battery replacement program came into effect.
If you have one of the eligible devices but aren’t sure whether or not you need a battery replacement, then you can find out directly on the device itself. Simply launch Settings and choose Battery Health. This internal app will give you an overview of the battery’s health and whether or not it is capable of operating at peak performance. If you do need a replacement, you can head to Apple’s iPhone Battery & Power Repair website to initiate the process.
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