Got an iPhone 6 or 6s? Chances are you’re dealing with a slightly slower smartphone thanks to Apple’s reveal that it was slowing down iOS devices affected by degraded batteries. The company has since announced it will offer battery replacements for iPhone 6 and later devices. But whether or not you’re a victim of some power management snafu, you should replace your battery anyway.
$39 for One Year Only
Apple’s battery replacement program isn’t new. You’ve always been able to replace an iPhone’s battery, though you needed to do it at an Apple Store (or mail it in) and pay $119. Apple’s recent $80 discount makes a battery replacement a more manageable $39, but for one year only. If you’re starting fresh in 2018, why not start with a fresh battery?
That $39 replacement can extend the usefulness of your iPhone for another year or two, saving you the trouble of needing to buy a new phone because your current one is slow. It will also boosts the resale value of the device, with customers more likely to buy a used iPhone with a newer battery compared to one with an original, degraded one.
Do It Yourself
Ambitious (or impatient) iOS owners may want to go the DIY route and replace it themselves. If that’s the case, they can turn to repair company iFixit, who has since discounted their iPhone replacement battery sets, bringing them closer to Apple’s own pricing. Whether it’s less expensive to go this route or send it off to Apple will depend on what model phone you have. Of course, you’ll have to, well, do the replacing yourself, and that will cost you your warranty. If you’re still ready to take the risk, be ready to buy a new phone if you fry something. It might be time to get one anyway, considering your bad battery.