Published: Wed, February 07, 2018
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Apple may offer rebates on battery replacements

Apple may offer rebates on battery replacements

In response, Apple has discounted the price of a battery replacement from $79 to $29 for older models of iPhone, including including the Phone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone SE. Meanwhile, as Apple has maintained throughout this process, lithium-ion batteries naturally degrade as they age, and it's beyond the scope of realistic expectation that they should hold the same charge 2-3 years into ownership of an iPhone that they did on day one. A new battery is supposed to prevent older iPhones from bogging down.

A decision to offer a rebate to customers could help offset some customer outrage, but it might also add to investor jitters about the cost of Apple's strategy for defusing the bad PR.

Instead, the revelation of the system was seen by many as a confession of planned-obsolescence, even as Apple argued that it still believed it was the best way to handle the shutdown issue.

The company reveals that it meant to slow down the phones to prevent them from crashing in situations when their worn-out battery couldn't supply enough power to support demanding functions.

Responding to Thune's question, Apple said "Yes, we are exploring this and will update you accordingly".

The growing number of complaints about iPhone X's phone call issue on Apple's support forum was first highlighted by The Financial Times and it appears from the reports that this issue first surfaced in December. John Thune, a South Dakota Republican who demanded more details about the iPhone slowdown.

Recently, the tech giant Apple has confirmed an early investigation into the problems faced by its latest flagship iPhone X users. In response, Apple said it would provide discounts on battery replacements. Thune says Apple will follow up with additional information at a future date.

Maximum capacity is a measure of battery capacity relative to when it was new.

Apple denies that it created the software update to "intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product". US regulators have also begun probing Apple for information on the slowdown. Vetr lowered Apple from a "strong-buy" rating to a "buy" rating and set a $173.47 target price on the a research report on Friday, October 6th. It then issued a software update in February 2017 to address the unexpected shut-down problem by reducing power on (IE, slowing down) affected phones. Apple also faces investigations from several worldwide bodies over how it disclosed the software update as well.

Thune, who chairs the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, originally gave Apple a January 23 deadline to reply but granted an extension at the company's request, according to the committee's communications director, Frederick Hill.

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