Apple will give you a new iPhone battery even if yours is working perfectly
Apple seems to have certainly bought into the whole notion of 'new year, new me' with the company starting off 2018 by offering a very good deal. While the words 'Apple' and 'deal' don't tend to be commonly associated, it looks like the tech-giant may have turned a corner.
At the end of 2017, Apple landed themselves in some seriously hot water after it emerged that they purposefully slow down old iPhone models in order to push people into buying newer models. Not only was there a justified outcry on social media from Apple customers who were incensed by the big reveal, but the company is also reported to have been hit with several lawsuits as a result of the revelations.
However, it seems like the company has taken to grovelling and begging for forgiveness as they are now offering to replace batteries of iPhones, even if they are in 'perfect condition'. The company have issued an apology to their customers and have said that they are willing to cut the cost of their battery replacement service.
According to the Daily Dot, the discount was intended for anyone with an iPhone 6 or later, whose battery on their phone needs to be replaced. But some people were left confused by the memo, with several customers saying that their devices were rejected after passing diagnostic tests at Apple Genius Bars.
In order to avoid further backlash, Apple will now replace the battery of "any iPhone 6 or newer model, even if they pass the diagnostic checks which determine whether a device can still hold 80 percent of its original battery capacity after 500 complete charging cycles." This means that users of the iPhone X will now be able to get a new battery for just $29.
In December, Apple claimed that the reason behind the batteries slowing down was that the company wanted to extend the lifespan of the phones. But users were unhappy with the claims and many believed that it was more to do with getting customers to by new models, rather than prolonging the life of the phone.
In their statement, Apple said:
"Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, [when they] have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components."
"Last year, we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting during these conditions."
"We’ve now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2 and plan to add support for other products in the future."
"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers.""
The company is now facing several different lawsuits, with one looking for an astonishing $999 billion.
So Apple is set to offer a deal that actually represents value for money? 2018 has begun in the most glorious way possible.