The price of replacing the battery on a newer iPhone is already higher.
If you're thinking of buying a new battery for an iPhone that is getting old, you should move soon. According to 9to5Mac, Apple will increase the cost of batteries for pre-iPhone 14 models by $20 on March 1. This will increase the cost of notched iPhones (iPhone X through iPhone 13) from $69 to $89. The cost will increase from $49 to $69 if you have an iPhone SE, iPhone 8, or any model with a similar classic design. The replacement iPhone 14 family models cost $99, which was already more expensive.
It's unclear whether charges for self-repair will rise concurrently. However, the cost of having Apple replace your battery usually runs about the same as part pricing. In the near future, don't be shocked if the do-it-yourself alternative costs more.
In a website notification, Apple didn't provide any justification for the price increase. The business has been contacted for comment. The tech giant last established iPhone battery repair costs in 2019, when it ended a $29 replacement deal that had been extended for a year in response to the controversy around CPU throttling. In order to make amends for its early handling of battery degradation, the business reduced costs. It throttled performance without informing users or giving them the opportunity to override it in order to prevent abrupt shutdowns on iPhones with depleted batteries.
The revised costs are still affordable enough to support a battery upgrade rather than a whole phone replacement. The price rise will undoubtedly hurt, though, and it might be especially unpleasant if your gadget is quite old (like an iPhone X) and may soon stop receiving other types of support, including significant OS updates.
Usually, Apple devices have a one-year warranty. Customers who do not subscribe to AppleCare+ repair service program, which offers coverage for up to two or three years and varies in price depending on the model, are the only ones affected by the changes.
After it was uncovered that the corporation had purposefully slowed down the performance of earlier iPhones to prevent unexpected battery shutdowns, Apple first reduced the cost of iPhone battery replacements from $79 to $29 in 2018. Apple also made a rare apology in reaction to the "batterygate" uproar and consented to a $113 million settlement with numerous states.
Additionally, battery replacement costs for all MacBook Air models will increase by $30/£30/€36, while costs for all MacBook and MacBook Pro models will rise by $50/£46/€60. Visit the source sources to get the pricing details for your region. The increase in service fees won't affect customers who have AppleCare, AppleCare+, or who use third-party repair services.
Notably, Apple gave iPhone owners in the US access to its self-service program in April, which enables customers to get and repair parts without the help of a third party. Even while the price increase in the service charge for battery replacement is not ideal, it will still extend the life of your device and spare you the expense of buying a new one.