Want to give your old iPhone the gift of a new battery for the low price of $29? Following the iOS battery throttling "scandal," Apple introduced a $29 battery replacement program. But this low-cost offer comes to an end at the end of the year. Must read: iOS 12.1: Tips and tricks to help you get the most from your iPhone or iPad This offer applies to the iPhone 6 and newer (to iPhone X), and doesn't require that your battery be degraded below the 80 percent capacity, a threshold that Apple normally uses to determine if a battery is worn. To take up this offer, head over to https://getsupport.apple.com
In a recent all-hands meeting, Tim Cook reportedly revealed that Apple replaced 11 million iPhone batteries in 2018, up from its normal 1-2 million tally. The spike was a result of Apple's price cut to its battery replacement program as part of the fallout from its iPhone throttling debacle. And it seems that trend hit Apple where it hurts: iPhone sales. The millions of extra customers who took advantage of the $29 replacement offer -- which was available throughout 2018 -- may have been happy to hold on to their iPhone instead of upgrading. With the swap reducing the impact of throttling on older models, iPhone users suddenly found that CPU performance was better, meaning an older device was faster and longer lasting.
January second is like a mega-Monday. Most of us are coming off a longer weekend than usual and it's tricky to get back into the swing of things. If you want to procrastinate at work, be sure to check out our wrap-up of last year in tech, then scroll down for all the tech stories you probably missed last week while you were out spreading cheer.
In a change to its longstanding policy, Apple is apparently repairing iPhones with third-party batteries at its Genius Bars and Apple Authorized Service Providers. This is a about-face from its previous stance, which was to refuse repairs on iPhones with aftermarket batteries. According to MacRumors, which saw a copy of Apple's internal memo regarding the change, if a repair is unrelated to the battery, Apple will now ignore the battery and proceed as normal. If the repair is related to the battery, Apple may replace it with an official Apple battery for the standard fee. And, if the iPhone's battery tabs are missing or the third-party battery is stuck in place, Apple's geniuses have the option to replace the entire iPhone for the cost of a battery replacement, at their discretion of course.
No matter how much faster, thinner or bigger iPhones get with each passing year, most users have one consistent complaint: the painfully small annual improvements to the device's battery life. The latest iPhone rumor from KGI Security analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, a reliable source for leaks in the past, might finally put those complaints to rest. Kuo says Apple will boost the power of the upcoming iPhone 8 by fitting a bigger battery into a smaller package. To make room, other components will be stacked on top of one another within the device, according to a research note spotted by MacRumors. Kuo said the iPhone 8 will have similar dimensions to the current 4.7-inch iPhone 7, which has a 1,960 mAh battery, but the additional space inside will make way for a 2,700 mAh battery.