Apple mulls iPhone battery-replacement rebates

Apple, facing scrutiny for slowing down older iPhones, is considering rebates for some customers who paid the full price of $79 for battery replacements, the company said in a letter to the U.S. Senate.

Hogan also doubled down on Apple's stance that it would never slow down iPhones to pressure users to upgrade to a newer model, which is known as planned obsolescence.

After the big scandal involving performance reduction on the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, SE, 6s, 6s Plus, 7 and 7 Plus with old batteries, many users wondered if the same "defect" could affect the newer models released by Apple company.

The Washington Post reported Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee, also sent a letter to Apple asking for more information. The company's admission stoked long-held speculation that Apple slows its devices to drive sales of new models. But if the CPU frequency that the app shows you is half what it should be, then your iPhone is experiencing a throttling issue, and replacing the battery would restore performance.

The iOS 11.3 beta 2 can be installed by going to the section of - Settings General Software Update, and you should be prompted to download and install the update.

An older iPhone was seen in Washington in 2013. Lower capacity of the users' respective battery may result in few hours of usage between charges.

In December, Apple announced it will make all battery replacements $29 -$50 less than the original out-of-warranty cost - until the end of this year. Granted, a battery replacement would speed up throttled iPhone models, but replacing the battery doesn't come cheap. Before you go any further, you might want to take a look at my list of precautions and caveats related to running beta software on your iPhone.

The feature is now part of the iOS 11.3 Beta build 2 and is expected to be made public soon.

Once this happens you will have the option to disable the throttling but you will not be able to turn it back on unless the phone shuts down on its on again. Swiping through the home screen and app pages suddenly feel quicker than it did before, and in a lot of ways, it's like having a completely new, unused iPhone.

  • Latoya Cobb