Update Jan. 2/2018: Apple is now replacing batteries for iPhone 6 or newer regardless of diagnostic tests and yep, we can confirm the practice is true.
Earlier this week, Apple announced a discounted out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacement program, to start in January 2018. However, just days before the New Year, Apple has made the battery program effective immediately, instead of starting in January 2018.
Apple told Axios in a statement, “We expected to need more time to be ready, but we are happy to offer our customers the lower pricing right away,” adding, “Initial supplies of some replacement batteries may be limited.”
We can confirm this early iPhone battery replacement program also starts today in Canada, according to the Apple Store we spoke with on the phone. Customers looking to get an iPhone battery swap must first go through a diagnostic process to see if they are eligible first. Normally $99 CAD, an out-of-warranty battery swap is now just $35 CAD.
Apple launched their discounted iPhone battery replacement program after they apologized for their poor communication when it came to iOS slowing down CPU clock speeds in older iPhones with aging batteries, to prevent sudden shutdowns.
The following iPhone models are available for a $35 CAD out-of-warranty battery replacement, according to Apple (“iPhone 6 or later”):
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
Apple concluded the “continued chemical aging” of batteries in iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s models are a cause of slower performance in “certain situations”, which is why iOS 10.2.1 included optimizations to slow down CPU clock speeds to prevent unexpected shutdowns, and a similar feature made available in iOS 11.2 for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Let us know if you’re going to be visiting an Apple Store today to try and get an out-of-warranty battery replacement.