Apple Stores reportedly waiving health checks for $29 iPhone battery

The iPhone 6. Source Yahoo UK

The company recently admitted that they are slowing older iPhones in order to protect the phone's battery. "We have never - and would never - do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades".

After all, Apple said the battery replacements would be available "for anyone with an iPhone 6 or later whose battery needs to be replaced", but the company didn't define what "needs to be replaced" actually means - and Apple's previous policy was to test batteries first to see how much energy they can store, and replace them if they had less than 80 percent capacity. You'll need to schedule a Genius Bar appointment, and you'll need an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, or iPhone 7 or 7 Plus-and some patience because battery replacement appointments are filling up fast.

So, now Apple is on the hook for most of the cost to replace batteries in older (mostly out-of-warranty) iPhones.

Perhaps more importantly, there are reports that Apple is loosening its insistence when it comes to tests of battery health.

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The company is already facing lawsuits from three plaintiffs in the U.S. who have claimed that Apple failed to inform them about the processor throttling and that such enforced slowdowns were unethical and deceptive - an attempt to force people into upgrading. Apple said that initial supplies may be limited, though, so don't be surprised if you have to wait for your local Apple Store to have a replacement battery for your iPhone.

The diagnostic test has been created to find out if the battery of an old iPhone is able to retain less than 80 percent of its original capacity.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the battery replacement process Tuesday. The iPhone 7 hit in September 2016.

Some consumers are not satisfied and are taking the iPhone maker to court. Fisher Asset Management LLC owned about 0.21% of Apple worth $1,678,121,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Several lawsuits have been filed seeking class action status on behalf of all iPhone owners, and are likely to be consolidated into a single case if judges allow them to proceed.

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