It has now gone live a few weeks ahead of schedule in the U.S. and across several countries around the world, including India.
Apple previously announced that it would replace any degraded batteries in the iPhone6 and above for a lower price of $29. It reports that Apple Stores are now able to use discretion on the battery health qualification, meaning those with an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, or iPhone SE may well be able to simply walk in, pay the $29 fee, and have their battery swapped out for a new one without first needing to pass the diagnostics. That appears to mean that even if your iPhone 6 or later has a battery that's deemed healthy by Apple's test, you can still get a battery replacement at the reduced rate.
In all, iPhone models are eligible for the replacement program as of now.
The company's iOS 10.2.1 update, released in January 2017, fixed a problem where iPhones were unexpectedly shutting down. We recently extended the same support for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 11.2. In most cases, replacing the battery will boost the voltage available to the phone, instantly lifting the performance limits. Device use also affects the performance of a battery over its lifespan.
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Last week, Apple apologized for its iPhone performance slowdown "misunderstanding" and offered select iPhone users a discounted price on battery replacements. Apple fixed the issue by spreading out those tasks over several processor cycles, effectively slowing down the phone.
Apple really stepped in it a few weeks ago when it admitted it was indeed slowing down older iPhones. The new software update will help iPhones to perform better and will help older iPhones like the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to last longer.
Ben Bajarin, an analyst with Creative Strategies, said Apple found itself in a tough spot by having to explain what it did to cope with the reality that all lithium ion batteries degrade over time.