Last Chance To Score Discounted iPhone Battery Replacement

November 09, 2018 - 12:47 pm

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- If you did not jump to upgrade your iPhone when the new X series devices came out, then you might want to take advantage of the discounted replacement battery before the year ends. 

Late last year,  Apple admitted that it was secretly slowing down older iPhone models, claiming it was doing so because otherwise the devices could crash when their processor required more power than their aging batteries could deliver.

And while that is true, it set off loads of rumors that the real goal was to force users to upgrade to newer iPhones, leading to numerous class action lawsuit. In an attempt to settle the fury, CEO Tim Cook reduced the price of out-of-warranty battery replacement for anyone with an iPhone 6 or later to $29.

The deal applied to  iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X.

Well, Apple recently announced the $29 replacement battery discount will end at the end of the year and starting Jan. 1 prices will increase between $49 to $69 depending on the model. 

Beginning next year, the iPhone 6 series, 6S series, SE, 7 series and 8 series will see prices rise from $29 to $49. The iPhone X, XS, XS Max and XR will run $69, though it's important to point out that out of those four X series devices, only the original iPhone X is eligible for the $29 discount.

How to find out if you’re eligible

To qualify for the reduced pricing, you must have an out-of-warranty iPhone 6 or newer model (excluding the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR) with no significant damage that would preclude the battery installation.

How to check your battery's health

If you’d like to know precisely how depleted your battery is before sending it in for service, you have a few options. You can start by going directly to the source. Apple can conduct a diagnostic test remotely if you get in touch with a support expert.

Alternatively, recent updates to iOS now feature a tool called Battery Health (Beta) that can tell you where your iPhone currently stands. To access it, open Settings, then go to Battery, then Battery Health (Beta). The resulting screen will list your unit's maximum capacity, anything below 80 percent is likely to cause problems. 

Further down on that screen is a subheading called Peak Performance Capability. If below this there is a note that reads “Your battery is currently supporting normal peak performance.” That means everything is fine.

However, that note on many older iPhones will instead read “This iPhone has experienced an unexpected shutdown because the battery was unable to deliver the necessary peak power. Performance management has been applied to help prevent this from happening again.” This means your battery definitely needs replacing.

How to get your battery replacement

Apple’s Support site has a guide. There you can schedule a service date at an Apple Store or one of the company’s authorized service providers, like Best Buy. All authorized service providers should honor the $29 fee, but it’s worth double checking ahead of time to be safe.

You could also send your iPhone to Apple by mail, though you’ll have to foot the bill for shipping. You can request a box to send it in, which should arrive one to three days later; you can also drop your iPhone off at any UPS Store with the appropriate documentation for the repair. (UPS has a partnership with Apple where it’ll take care of the preparation, so no need to pack it up.)

Whether you visit an Apple Store, third-party provider or ship your iPhone, you’re looking at a wait time of at least five days for the repair once your device has been received.