• Allison McMillian

Apple customers remain dissatisfied despite $29 battery replacement offer

Apple announced Saturday Jan. 6, 2018, that they are offering $29 battery replacements, which is a month earlier than expected. The batteries are $29 instead of $79 and can be bought through the Apple Store or a Certified Retailer. You can even send your phone to Apple Support and have them change it out for you.

"We expected to need more time to be ready, but we are happy to offer our customers the lower pricing right away. Initial supplies of some replacement batteries may be limited," said an Apple spokesperson in a statement.

According to CNN, Apple has purposely been slowing the iPhone 6 and later models down to save battery life. They confirmed it and said it could save battery shut downs. The power management was released in an update last year and was made for iPhones with lithium ion batteries.

Customers are not responding to the management feature the way Apple hoped they would. The customers are quite upset and believe it was Apple's way of making people upgrade to newer iPhone models. They are even suing Apple and "seeking class action status." Apple has apologized to their customers and said that the battery management feature was not designed to make their customers buy newer model iPhones.