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Apple’s plan to placate iPhone owners over CPU throttling hits a hurdle

Apple’s olive branch to iPhone owners, following revelations it was throttling the CPUs of older devices, appears to have hit a stumbling block.

After it emerged the company was slowing down some handsets to protect aging batteries, Apple pledged to replace cells for the knockdown price of $29.

Now, it seems so many customers are taking advantage of the offer, Apple is running out of iPhone 6 Plus batteries.

AppleInsider says customers seeking the out of warranty replacement may have to wait until March, while Apple works to replenish stocks.

The delays aren’t affecting all stores, according to the report.

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Given Apple is running the offer until the end of December this year, there’s still plenty of time for customers to get a new battery fitted at the cheaper rate.

Apple’s problems may be down to a vow to honour the special pricing regardless of whether the battery fails the diagnostics tests.

As such, it has opened the floodgates to millions of owners of iPhones 6 (and newer) handsets, who wish to freshen up their model.

Of course, the deal is designed to temper criticism and allegations Apple deliberately slowed the CPUs in order to push customers into upgrading the handsets.

The company is facing multiple lawsuits over the cries of ‘forced obsolescence,’ but Apple maintains CPU slowdowns were designed to prevent unwanted shutdowns of older iPhones.

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