Lower battery replacement price is only for iPhones 6 or newer, and only once [atualizado: iPhone 5c]

When Apple published the open letter on its website about the polemics of the slower iPhones due to worn out batteries, it was very clear that it all affects only iPhones 6 or higher / newer.

But, of course, there were still some doubts. First, if the discount from $ 79 to $ 29 would come to Brazil; fortunately it came, and even a little higher (from R $ 449 to R $ 149). Then, whether Apple would check the status of customer batteries; no, it changes batteries even if they are in good condition (if the customer wants it anyway, this).

What we still don't know if this lower price would apply to other models of iPhones, too. Well, this page from Apple makes it very clear that no: the value of R $ 149 only for iPhones 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, SE, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and X. Previous models, such as the iPhone 5s, continue to change the battery for the normal price of $ 79 l and $ 449 here.

In addition, Apple reiterates that this lower value is only valid until December 31, 2018 and cites that the “battery service () may be limited to an iPhone repair“. In other words, whoever changes it now for R $ 149 will not be able to change it again for that amount even before 12/31 (although the possibility of the battery wearing out so soon in a short time is minimal).

On the other hand, the found that Apple is even looking at cases of customers who recently paid full price for a battery change, and issuing refunds. In addition, the company's internal support documentation, interestingly, indicates that the iPhone customer still under warranty who wants to change their battery does not have to pay anything for it (even if it is in good condition).

In the end, it seems that this temporary reduction is simply Apple's apology for the huge blunder of not communicating to its customers about the function implemented since iOS 10.2.1. However, it remains to be hoped that until December she will reconsider this and make US $ 29 / R $ 149 the standard and definitive value for the replacement of iPhones batteries. It would be very fair.

tip from Edimilson Santos

Update 1/18/2018 s 22:15

Curiously and exceptionally in Brazil, Apple included the iPhone 5c discount battery replacement program probably due to the popularity of this model in our country.

tip from RodrigoPrataGallo, via dnetc