Amid controversy, lawsuits, Apple announces new battery policy for iPhone users

Posted at 4:23 PM, Dec 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-28 19:23:18-05

Just weeks after the world learned that Apple was intentionally slowing down aging iPhone models, Apple announced on Thursday that it will allow customers to replace iPhone batteries for $29 for certain models. 

Apple came under heat earlier in December when it was learned that older iPhone 6, 6S, 6 Plus, 6S Plus and 7 models were intentionally being slowed down as the phone's battery aged. Some customers have complained that they replaced their entire phone, and not just the battery, in order to have a fast cellphone. 

But Apple claimed the slowdown was needed to prevent phones from shutting down.

From January through December of 2018, Apple said it will reduce the price of out-of-warranty battery replacement from $79 to $29. 

Apple said that when an aging battery is replaced with a new battery, the phone will resume operating at peak performance.

Apple said it will announce further details on replacement batteries in January.