Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus Battery Replacements Backordered to Spring

If you’re looking to get your iPhone battery replaced under Apple’s $35 CAD out-of-warrany replacement program, those with an iPhone 6 Plus will have to wait longer, as demand has outstripped supply.

According to an internal document Apple sent to Apple Stores and authorized service providers, delays for iPhone 6 Plus batteries now mean they won’t be available until March-April, reports MacRumors:

Apple says iPhone 6 Plus replacement batteries are in short supply and won’t be available until late March to early April in the United States and other regions, according to an internal document distributed to Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers this week and later obtained by MacRumors.

Apple’s internal document quotes a shorter wait of “approximately two weeks” for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s Plus battery replacements, and adds that batteries for all other models like the iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone SE are expected to be available “without extended delays” in most countries.

Apple started its reduced price out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacement program earlier this month, priced at $35 CAD instead of $99 CAD. Customers can get their batteries replaced at Apple retail stores, authorized reseller or via Apple Support via phone or chat, which can do mail-in swaps.

We initiated a $35 CAD battery replacement for an iPhone 6s Plus we had kicking around, and Apple sent us a mail-in box via UPS next day (shipping costs were $10). It came with a prepaid label eligible for UPS pick up from our residence, and was sent back to Apple via next day delivery. We’ll post an update soon about our experience.

Apple launched their iPhone 6 or later discounted out-of-warranty battery replacement program, after it was discovered iOS was throttling CPUs during low battery situations, in an effort to prevent unexpected shutdowns. Unfortunately, the ‘feature’ was discovered first by third parties, and later Apple apologized for not communicating the ‘optimization’ feature better to customers.

Have you had your iPhone 6 or newer battery replaced?