Apple is considering offering a partial refund to customers who paid full price to replace their ageing iPhone batteries.
The firm is currently offering $29 replacements on select iPhone handsets to atone for its criticism of its decision to clandestinely throttle performance to protect old cells.
That’s a little galling to customers who paid full price for a new battery prior to the Apple’s discount.
In a letter to the United States Senate, the company answered a number of questions pertaining to the controversy.
When asked whether those who paid full price to restore full performance should be allowed a rebate, Apple’s VP for public policy Cynthia C Hogan said: “Yes, we are exploring this and will update you accordingly.”
A matter of time
So, it sounds like Apple will be offering $50 rebates, but is debating how far back in needs to go in order to satisfy consumers.
The company is currently working through a backlog of requests from consumers seeking to take advantage of the $29 out-of-warranty replacement.
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Apple isn’t even requiring iPhone batteries to reach the usual degradation threshold in order to qualify for the replacement, meaning anyone with an affected iPhone 6 or later can sign up.
Within today’s letter to the Senate, Apple says the iPhone 8 and iPhone X ranges have hardware changes that negate the issue.
Apple’s move is designed to deflect allegations it deliberately slowed down iPhones to push people into upgrading their phones, when a simple battery change would have restored performance.
Apple continues to assert its move was designed to protect against an issue causing unexpected shutdowns of handsets.
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