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Apple’s $29 iPhone battery replacement program: iPhone 6 Plus users may be waiting a while

After admitting that it was purposefully throttling some older iPhones in order to conserve battery life, Apple has announced a new program that offers replacement batteries to all customers that may be affected. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

Update 1/11/18: If you have an iPhone 6 Plus, you may be waiting a while before you get your battery replacement.

Is my iPhone part of the battery replacement program?

If you have an iPhone 6 or later you are eligible to receive a battery as part of the program. The complete list of phones included are:

  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus

I have an iPhone 5s. Am I out of luck?

It seems that you are. But you have nothing to lose by heading to your local Apple Store and talking to one of Apple’s Genius repair technicians.

How much does a new iPhone battery cost?

Apple is charging $29 to install the battery, a savings of $50 over the usual $79 out-of-warranty price for replacing the battery.

How long does the battery replacement program last?

Apple has already begin swapping out batteries and says the program will last through December 2018.

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The battery replacement program also includes the iPhone SE.

What if I have AppleCare+?

AppleCare+ provides two years of hardware repair coverage, so if you phone is within the coverage window, Apple will replace your battery for free.

How do I initiate a battery repair?

Head over to Apple’s support page, choose iPhone, then Battery, Power & Charging, and select the problem you are having. From there you can choose to chat online or over the phone, or schedule an appointment to bring it into an Apple Store for repair. You can also check with an Apple Authorized Service Provider in your area.