Apple’s $29 iPhone battery replacements are available right now

Brian Heater, TechCrunch:

Those $29 battery out-of-warranty replacements Apple promised are now available for impacted users with an iPhone 6 or later. The company was initially aiming for a late-January timeframe in the States when it first offered up the discount, following blowback against its admission that it had slowed down older model phones to maximize performance.

“We expected to need more time to be ready,” the company said in a statement offered up to TechCrunch this weekend, “but we are happy to offer our customers the lower pricing right away. Initial supplies of some replacement batteries may be limited.”

No word yet on the timing of the battery health iOS software update.

  • John Kordyback

    Apple makes a mistake. Internet screams rage.

    Apple apologizes. Internet screams rage.

    Apple fixes mistake. Internet screams rage.

  • The Cappy

    How long does a replacement take? Is it done while you wait?

    • John Kordyback

      From my experience, if you book it ahead of time then it takes about an hour.

      Basically you walk around like an animal with no way to connect to the outside world. You end asking yourself questions like:

      Do payphones still exist? Do they still cost a dime? Does Daring Fireball have a print edition? Can I cook a meal for 4 people in a crock pot?

  • GlennC777

    I think they should make this permanent and extend something like it to all phones and maybe all devices. It would encourage users to replace batteries, which would keep their devices in better tune. Result: happier users, higher resale values, higher ecosystem value, more future sales and profits.

  • Zed

    Please don’t be that person who gets a battery replaced even when it holds 95% of its original charge. You’re going to come back in a week complaining of the same issues but out $29.