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Apple May Soon Issue Upgraded Replacements for iPhone 6 Plus Owners Needing Whole-Device Repairs

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According to a new report from MacRumors, Apple may begin replacing some iPhone 6 Plus models needing whole-device repairs with an iPhone 6s Plus.

An internal document distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers says that the company will be running this program through March. The document states that “orders for whole unit service inventory of some iPhone 6 Plus models may be substituted to an iPhone 6s Plus until the end of March 2018.”

MacRumors was able to confirm the authenticity of the letter through multiple sources. Apple does not specify which models of the iPhone 6 Plus are eligible for the replacement. However, the reason for this likely relates to Apple’s shortage of battery replacements for the iPhone 6 Plus, as customers looking to replace their batteries are looking at wait times until March or April.

Do you have an iPhone 6 Plus that you are waiting to replace the battery on? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Kiwi

    still have the iphone 6 plus on hand, planning only to get the battery replacement until end of the year, would be nice if this is true!

  • thereasoner

    With some 45 class action lawsuits launched and even governments of various countries going after Apple for blatantly deceiving their customers over slowing iPhones with updates they’d better step up and do something more substantial than a discounted battery replacement service!

  • toysandme

    Methinks the tech shops are going to be VERY busy near the end of this year. Better not wait till the last minute.

  • Widohmaker

    They are allowing you to disable the feature completely in an upcoming software update.

  • thereasoner

    Too little too late for those already tricked into buying a new phone when all they really needed was a much more affordable battery swap to fix their laggy iPhones.

    Same for all those humiliated iPhone fans who were very vocal when they previously insisted that Apple would never do something so unethical as to secretly slow down iPhones with updates without their consent or knowledge.

  • Widohmaker

    No one can argue that. They should have been much clearer about what ‘power smoothing’ does in their release notes. Still I doubt this will affect their sales in the long term. I doubt anyone feels ‘humiliated’ lol!

  • thereasoner

    I chat with several fanatical iPhone fans regularly and they all have been very dismissive of the “conspiracy theory” that Apple is slowing iPhones with updates in the past and each and everyone of them look like and feel like a fool now… and thanks to the very same company that they’re such huge fans of no less.

    That and the latest reports have iPhone sales tanking with estimates being lowered across the board. How much of that has to do with the deceptive throttling issue or Apples many other mistakes/ issues recently is anyone’s guess.

  • Widohmaker

    That sounds like projection to me. You might think they are fools because of their choices but I have yet to come across a “fanatical” iPhone person. Most people I know look it like a tool. They like the Apple platform because it works for them and they like the software and hardware design. They are not interested in tinkering around with the settings or customization. The platform is very sticky. Once you get in there is little reason to leave. Same with Android. It’s just a preference.

    I also think if you are a Windows person you can go either way but if you are a Mac person then there are strong incentives with sticking with the iPhone.

    I have not heard of iPhone sales tanking at all. I’ve heard that iPhone X sales have not been as high as expected but I am not surprised given the price point.

  • thereasoner

    If you don’t think that many iPhone users aren’t angry or feel foolish for defending accusations of throttling before Apple got caught then you and I obviously aren’t visiting the same sites, talking with the same people or reading the same stories. Same for various stories over cut backs in iPone component orders and lowered expectations for sales, not sure how you can be missing that either.

    There certainly aren’t currently 45 class action lawsuits over the issue comprised of who knows how many upset iPhone users because they feel fine about it. That said, I’ll agree that many of Apples most devoted fans will defend them no matter what and Apple has thrown them a bone by framing their lack of transparency/honesty as a “feature”, so they do have that excuse.

  • Widohmaker

    That is called standing up a straw-man only to knock it down. I never made any assertions that contradict your view that iPhone users aren’t upset about this. My only contention is that you are projecting if you think they feel “foolish”. I’m sure some people have regrets but as I stated above I doubt this will affect sales long term given the stickiness of the platform.

    Apple has no doubt made a big mistake but I doubt iPhone users feel “humiliated” as you stated above. Android users would like to think that iPhone users feel “foolish” or “humiliated” but that is because that is what they would like to think Apple users feel. It makes them feel better.

    As for sales. All the articles I am reading are about iPhone X sales being below expectations not about iPhone sales in general. I will repeat again I am not surprised that iPhone X sales are below expectations given the price point. It is also rumoured by KGI that iPhone will kill the X in the next cycle completely instead of lower the price. But your assertion that Apple is facing some sort of sales slump is incorrect. The Q4 2017 data is only now coming out and the data contradicts your assertions.

    https://www.counterpointresearch.com/global-top-selling-smartphones-november-2017/

  • thereasoner

    “Android users would like to think that iPhone users feel “foolish” or “humiliated”…”

    Now you’re just being childish. It’s only common sense that someone would feel foolish/betrayed/angry/humiliated for insisting that Apple would never throttle/slow iPhones with updates, even argue as much over and over again only for Apple to let them down and do exactly that. Hey, but if it makes you “feel better” to think otherwise then have at it, that certainly hasn’t been my experience both online and at work.

    I will agree with you that Apple will be fine though. After all we’re talking about a consumer base that accepted being told that they’re”holding it wrong” because the iphone would drop calls, or who gladly took in stride the e-book price fixing scam Apple organized that cost consumers hundreds of millions. Being lied to about only needing a battery instead of a new phone?…no big deal for many of Apples customers who have tolerated much more over the years. Better them than me I say….

  • Widohmaker

    I’m being childish. You are the one that is assigning ‘feelings’ to millions of people you don’t know. That’s rich. LOL!

    I still agree with you that what Apple did was in poor taste but I see now your intention was just to use this as another crutch to bash Apple and its users from the get go, not to have a rational discussion.

    I guess I will never understand why Android fanboy’s are so vested in that chip on their shoulder. I guess they’re just desperate to find something that makes them feel better about their choices. Enjoy!

  • thereasoner

    Wow, I didn’t know that “millions” of people argued that Apple would never slow iPhones?….. lmao!

  • Widohmaker

    Wow another straw-man. How intelligent.

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