IFixit discounts iPhone battery replacement kits amid Apple backlash


If you don't feel like having to go out and wait on line at the nearest Apple Store, or if you aren't close to one of the 499 locations, there is an alternative.

Apple revealed last week that a software update slows down the iPhone 6, 6s, 7 and SE models when their batteries wear down over time.

The legal fallout over Apple slowing down old iPhones could produce a criminal court proceeding after a French organisation filed a criminal lawsuit.

iPhone owners could cash in on a portion of over $1 billion in what lawyers are touting as Australia's largest-ever class action, after tech giant Apple admitted to slowing down some phones.

"Apple's software updates purposefully slowed or "throttled down" the performance speeds of [certain iPhones] because operating system software updates wreaked havoc on batteries within these model devices", the complainants said in an IL filing. However, it may frustrate those who have an iPhone model not covered by the program. But Apple vehemently denies that claim, stating that "we have never - and would never - do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades". "Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love, and making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that", said Apple in a statement.

Australian lawyers to launch Apple class action over slow iPhones

Apple, of course, got in hot water earlier this week, when it fessed up to slowing down iPhones with older batteries and apologized for not being more transparent.

Two Los Angeles-based litigants, meanwhile, seek damages for all USA owners of Apple smartphones preceding the iPhone 8.

"All rechargeable batteries are consumable components that become less effective as they chemically age and their ability to hold a charge diminishes", the company said, while adding that both time and the number of times the battery has been charged affect the chemical aging process. These devices already have a slower peak performance, as their batteries can't provide as much power to the processor, and they sometimes suffer from shutdowns as a result, too. Apple is promising more details soon on its website.

At least five groups seeking class action status, involving consumers in Texas, Illinois, California and NY, have also sued the company in the wake of the slowdown revelation. "We recently extended the same support for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 11.2". The company offered Apple a conciliatory "good on them", in the wake of the news, but also used the opportunity to sing the praises of replacing one's own battery.

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