Apple hasnât been super specific when it comes to those $29 iPhone battery replacements. After all, the company would no doubt like to the whole business behind it. What precisely it would take to qualify oneâs out-of-warranty handset for the $50 discount hasnât been spelled out, but it seems to be easier than anticipated.Â
The company had previously mentioned the threshold of âanyone with an iPhone 6 or later whose battery needs to be replaced,â which seemed to apply to the in-house diagnostic tests it was running on handsets, recommending a replacement once the battery drops below 80-percent its initial capacity. The actual bar, however, is apparently quite a bit lower, with the company allowing for replacement regardless of testing.
The news was first spotted by iGeneration by way of an internal memo, and has since been confirmed by MacRumors. Weâve reached out to Apple as well, and will update as soon as we hear something official. It seems likely the companyâs simply looking to cause as little friction as possible, in the wake of bad publicity surrounding its policy of slowing down older handsets to preserve battery.
Many of its chief competitors jumped on the news â Samsung, HTC, LG and Motorola all issued statements noting that they had not implemented similar policies. iFixit, meanwhile, offered its own $29 battery replacement, which, unlike Appleâs apology offering, is good on phones older than the iPhone 6.
Appleâs own offering runs through this December. More details are available on Appleâs site, where you can also schedule a trip to the Genius Bar.Â