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iPhone Battery Replacements in Canada Now $35 for Out-Of-Warranty: Apple [u]

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Update Jan. 2/2018: Apple now replacing batteries regardless of diagnostic tests.

Yesterday Apple apologized to its customers for failing to communicate better when it comes to how they were managing lithium ion batteries in older iPhones with iOS updates.

While Apple told its U.S. customers out-of-warranty battery replacements would now cost $29 USD (down from $79), we now have Canadian pricing, as per Apple.ca:

Apple is reducing the price of an out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacement by $64 — from $99 to $35 — for anyone with an iPhone 6 or later whose battery needs to be replaced, starting in late January and available worldwide through December 2018. Details will be provided soon on apple.com/ca.

iPhone battery replacements in Canada for out-of-warranty iPhone 6 or later “whose battery needs to be replaced”, will be priced at $35 CAD (we guessed it would be around $37), a 64% discount compared to the regular price of $99.

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If you have an older iPhone 6 or later lying around, paying $35 for a new battery may breathe new life into your smartphone. What sucks is for those iPhone users who ended up upgrading to a new model, or paying for a battery replacement themselves before this program was announced.

Again, the issue at stake here is Apple’s iOS management of older iPhone batteries. iOS 10.2.1 for iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPhone 6s/6s Plus and iPhone SE slowed down processor clock speeds during low battery periods to prevent unexpected shutdowns. This same feature debuted in iOS 11.2 for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

The problem was Apple didn’t tell anyone about it, as the ‘feature’ was only discovered later on Reddit and further confirmed by Primate Labs. Only then did Apple ‘come clean’ and explain what was really happening, which has resulted in numerous class action lawsuits and even potential criminal action against company executives from French authorities.

It’s worth noting Apple started to replace iPhone 6/6s batteries in China last year over this similar unexpected shutdown issue and subsequently launched a similar program in North America for iPhone 6s.

Stay tuned, as in January 2018, Apple Canada’s iPhone battery replacement program for out-of-warranty phones will debut at $35 CAD, but of course it sounds like only phones ‘eligible’ will get the discounted swap. Apple did note an upcoming iOS update will shed more light on battery performance and health, so stay tuned for that also.

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  • Tim

    Sucks for people who truly bought a new model for no other reason than they felt their old one was slow, but I’ll probably jump on this for for my 6S plus after they release the diagnostic features to confirm if I’m affected. Personally I don’t find my phone slow, more so I find that my battery doesn’t last as long as it did two years ago (which stands to reason). I was thinking of ordering a self replacement kit on amazon for the same price anyway, so this seems like a good deal.

  • $35 CAD is pretty good value considering it’s $29 USD in the States. Another option is to try the iFixit $29 USD DIY kit (article coming)

  • Gary Barclay

    What about the iPhone 5 SE?

  • iPhone SE is eligible

  • Gary Barclay

    While the SE is subject to slowdown, Apple announces,”Apple is reducing the price of an out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacement by $50 — from $79 to $29 — for anyone with an iPhone 6 or later whose battery needs to be replaced, starting in late January and available worldwide through December 2018.”

  • iPhone 6 was released in fall of 2014. iPhone SE was released in March 2016, so it should qualify.

  • John

    Not worth trying the iFixit when you can get Apple to do it for a measly $35 lol. You can seriously screw up your phone if you’re not very careful. It is not easy.

  • NOHoldsBar

    A more practical option than trying the DIY kit is sell your phone.

  • Ron

    So the discounted price is ONLY for iPhone 6 and later? People who have a 6S/Plus or newer are screwed? If so, that is some major BS.

  • Ned K.

    It should have been free. Good luck with your world-wide lawsuit, Cook.

  • WallsOfJericho316

    iPhone 6 or later would include the 6S. Phones made before the iPhone 6 (i.e. 4, 4S, 5 & 5S) would not be supported.

  • goodsstuff

    They run your phone on an analysis and see the battery performance in front of you with their iPads. If your battery life is below the 80% (yellow and red area), then you qualified for the battery change at $35. If it is at 81% (green area), you don’t qualify and they will give you a very nice sale approach to keep using it or buy a battery bank.

  • Update Jan. 2/18: Apple now replacing batteries regardless of diagnostic test results. Yes, it worked for us: http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/news/apple-iphone-6-later-batteries-replace/

  • Apple willing and knowingly lied to their customers about selling them a faulty product. I will not pay to replace my defective battery that they sold me for an $800 phone, when Apple’s gross profit is $100 billion for the year. Its not the price it is the principal, you admitted to fault and accountability now you need to replace the batteries for free on defective devices. This is the course of business for an international billion dollar brand.

    This is the same as the Volkswagen (VW) Emissions Scandal which has cost VW in excess of $20 billion for lying to the consumer. Grow up Apple suck up the cost as a learning experience and move on, stop dragging your customer into an issue that you created knowingly and willing to deceive the consumer.

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