How to Tell if You Need a New iPhone Battery

07 January, 2018, 03:05 | Author: Pamela Mathis
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The suits, which could very well turn into a major class-action, have sought everything from free battery replacements, refunds for those purchasing new iPhones because of the slowdowns, or simply more details on how slowdowns can be eliminated by replacing the battery.

On the face of it, Apple's just saying, "Another year has passed, so the batteries in the iPhone 6 and 6s are older than before".

But navigating the process has left some customers frustrated, in part because of long wait times on the phone to talk to an Apple store representative, long lines at the Apple stores to get the phones checked - and back orders on the batteries customers need. If you live far away from a store and have a backup phone handy, you could mail your iPhone to Apple to replace the battery, via the same Apple support site. Like a jalopy after a Jiffy Lube, a three-year-old iPhone with a fresh battery will not only run longer, chances are it will also run faster.

If you still have questions even after testing your battery via the above methods, you can opt for the usual way to test your battery and visit the Apple store to run this test. If you keep your phone charged to 80 percent, then use it down to 30 percent, and do that twice in a day-using that 50 percent twice is a full charge cycle. Apple is promising an iOS upgrade that will "give users more visibility into the health of their iPhone's battery, so they can see for themselves if its condition is affecting performance". Some mom-and-pop fix shops will replace an iPhone battery for less than $30 (roughly Rs. 1900). It doesn't hurt that Apple would also prefer you purchase a new phone around that time, too.

If nothing else, that would explain why Apple was relatively quiet about the problem before; Apple's engineers thought they had more or less taken care of it already, and were taken by surprise as iOS throttled performance more and more to prevent shutdowns. Weeks later, the company is being sued, and the battery replacement is its public relations response. Battery replacement for an iPhone may be trickier considering its use of unique parts like black pouch and tape.

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Above price, the battery capacity of iPhones are smaller than competing smartphones. A replaced battery can result in speed improvements of over 100 percent.

Previously, whenever developers tried to release an app that measured iPhone battery charge cycles, Apple pulled it from the App Store. First, the public is generally aware of the replacement program due to the popularity of the controversy, and second, the $29 is an affordable price for a boost in iPhone performance and battery life.

"I knew there was something wrong with my battery", he said on Friday. And just because you have an appointment doesn't mean you'll get your replacement right away.

Or there is the hands-on approach: Buy a battery replacement kit, like the $25 (roughly Rs. 1590) one sold by iFixit.


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