Apple had originally throttled the phones as part of a solution to degraded batteries leading to iOS crashes, but their lack of transparency on the issue enraged many customers (and encouraged speculation that Apple was artificially kneecapping the phones as part of a planned obsolescence strategy). The company also said it's planning to add new features in an upcoming iOS update to better illustrate whether an older device's battery affects its performance. Amazon said it expected its fourth-quarter net sales to increase between 28% and 38% year over year compared with the fourth quarter of 2016.
The service wasn't expected to start until late January, however in a statement to TechCrunch today the company said they are happy to offer their customers the lower pricing right away, explaining they over estimated and thought they would need "more time to be ready".
Apple slid 2.8 percent to $170.16 Tuesday after a Taiwanese newspaper reported that the company may cut iPhone X sales targets amid weak sales.
Those $29 battery out-of-warranty replacements Apple promised are now available for impacted users with an iPhone 6 or later. The letter posted on Apple's website said, "We've been hearing feedback from our customers about the way we handle performance for iPhones with older batteries and how we have communicated that process".
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"We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down". He estimates that only around 100,000 consumers will take up Apple on its offer. But that still doesn't mean that Apple is in the clear.
The immediate availability of the lower price means customers can pop into an Apple Store and have their battery replaced for less than $30.
For now, it appears that Apple's efforts to correct its past mistakes might be too little and too late.
If iPhones in fact cease to operate properly as a battery naturally degenerates, then Apple could have advised customers that a new battery would resolve the technical issue.
If you don't want to wait for Apple, iFixit has another option. Their latest innovation - the 1oth-anniversary-iPhone device 'iPhone X' - comes for a price of roughly $1,000.