According to a new analyst note published today by Barclays regarding iPhone battery availability for replacements, the current wait times have gone up to 3-4.5 weeks on average at Apple Stores, with longest wait found to be as much as 9-10 weeks, 9to5Mac is reporting.
Previously, the average wait time was reported to be 2-4.5 weeks, with a forecast for steady improvements by Mark Moskowitz and company. But now, the availability is continually getting worse which according to the analysts, could lead to fewer iPhone sales for the year, including decreased sales of new 2018 iPhone models.
Barclays’ analyst note highlights that iPhone 6 and 6 Plus battery replacement demand is driving the wait times higher.
While the firm notes a bit of surprise on the increased wait times, Barclays says that overall, the customer response to the replacement program is on track with its previous estimates. In January, Moskowitz forecasted that about 50M iPhone users would take advantage of the program out of a total 500M eligible devices.
Earlier this month, Apple launched ‘Reserve a Battery’ option via Apple.ca or through the Apple Support iOS app in Canada, allowing users to replace their battery via Apple’s discounted out-of-warranty $35 CAD replacement offer.