Batterygate: Apple apologizes and offer $29 battery replacement for iPhone 6 and newer models

By now you should have heard about the on-going controversy of Apple purposely and secretly slow down old iPhone. Apple introduced new power management feature in iOS 10.2.1 to slow down iPhone in order to avoid unexpected device shutdown when the battery is old and unable to delivery energy load.

This power management feature is implemented in iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. And it will likely make its way sometimes in the future to iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. Performance is restored to normal when you replace the aged battery with a new one.

Apple has addresses our concerns in a letter to customers. Apple says that it would never “intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades.” Die-hard Apple fanboys will gladly accept the apology. A number of furious you might already be preparing lawsuit against Apple. Law suits against Apple are starting to accumulate, and is spreading to other countries such as France and South Korea.

Apple should have more clarity on that power management feature in the first place. It is doing damage control by reducing out-of-warranty battery replacement fee from $79 to $29. This is a world wide programme starting end January 2018immediately to December 2018, price varies by country and is for iPhone 6 and later models. Apple will also release an iOS update in early 2018 to let us see more info about the health of device battery.

So is it stil a good Apple?

Updated: Apple has announced on 30 December 2017 that the battery replacement programme is available immediately instead of starting in late January 2018.