You might have to wait two weeks to replace the battery inside your Apple iPhone 6



Late last month, Apple apologized for quietly using software smuggled into certain iPhone models which throttled the CPU of these handsets. Apple explained that it was forced to do this so that these iPhone units wouldn't shutdown when met with a complex task that could tax the older and weaker batteries inside these phones. To make up for what it had done, Apple sliced 63% off the price of a battery replacement for the iPhone 6 and later, cutting the price to $29 from $79 for the remainder of the year.

This drastic price cut has led to heavy demand for battery replacements in Apple Stores everywhere. In fact, to check out reports of dwindling supplies, CNBC reporter Todd Haselton visited the 14th Street Apple Store in New York to get the battery on his Apple iPhone 6 replaced. The employee at the Genius Bar told him that it would take two weeks before this location would have inventory of fresh cells for that particular model. Haselton was told that his Apple iPhone 6s, on the other hand, could have its battery transplant operation completed in two hours.

Another CNBC reporter made an appointment at Best Buy to replace the batteries on her two iPhone 6 models, and was turned away because the store was out of stock. Even if you score an appointment at an Apple Store or Best Buy for a battery replacement, it doesn't mean that the actual location has any of the batteries you need in stock. We suggest that before you make an appointment, call the store in question to make sure that they have inventory of the cell made for your specific iPhone.

Even if it means waiting for a couple of weeks, replacing an older battery on your iPhone is a good strategy. No, it doesn't absolve Apple for throttling iPhone CPUs on the down low, but putting a fresh cell inside your phone will allow you to run complex tasks without worrying if your device will shutdown. Once Apple disseminates the iOS update that gives users the option of opting out of the CPU throttling, those who decide to stick with a sick and ailing battery on their iPhone do indeed run the risk of having that unit shut down if the CPU is is taxed.

source: CNBC

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iPhone 6
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1810 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

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13 Comments

2. worldpeace

Posts: 3075; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

What a shame.. Apple knows really well that there are millions of iPhones eligible for battery replacement, they should've prepared for it..

4. cncrim

Posts: 1530; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Everything take time to make. This is battery not cookie even it need time to make.

8. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

With over 220M+ iPbone 6 and 6S and over 100M iPhone 7s, how the hell ypu thi k you will be prepared for that. Come on man. It is impossible to meet a sudden demand like that. No company can. There are things money can't buy. The impossible is one of them. Just because Apple is in the wrong, doesn't mean you should have senseless expectations. No company with that much product on the market could be prepared. None of them.

5. drunkenjay

Posts: 1616; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

Apple can be pretty scummy sometimes.

10. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

This is a natural issue in lithum ion batteries. This isn't Apple's fault. Yes they should've put high capacity batteries inside iPhones like android but what can you say.... You'll have to live with Apple's design choices if you chose an iPhone. In my opinion releasing this so called battery switch update is a huge mistake, Apple should only release an update showing battery health levels but not that switch.

12. mootu

Posts: 1322; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

"In my opinion releasing this so called battery switch update is a huge mistake, Apple should only release an update showing battery health levels but not that switch." They have to put the switch in they don't have an option, what they have done is illegal. They are altering a device which "YOU" own. They own the software, you own the hardware. They cannot alter that hardware without your permission. So the switch has to be there, they are just making customers think they are giving them choice when really they are just trying to avoid another round of lawsuits.

11. Hollowmost

Posts: 405; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

They do everything to make you buy a new iPhone lol

13. Myazlan

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 26, 2018

Why Apple requires Iphone owners to leave the Iphone for 2 weeks? How am I to ‘survive’ without a phone for that long? The Apple Service Providers in Malaysia say that it is Apple’s SOP. They also requires the owner to backup the phone becoz they will format the phone. Quite ridiculous SOP. Probably a way to discourage Iphone owners from replacing batteries at a discounted price.

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