Apple’s New Policy Will Repair iPhones with Third-Party Batteries
When many iPhone users found out that installing a new battery into your iPhone could extend its life, Apple was stuck in a no-win situation. Corner stores and companies like iFixit were offering DIY battery replacement kits for a fraction of what Apple was charging. The cheap and quick fix was so tempting to the smartphone users – who were already feeling betrayed– that it forced Apple to lower the price of their batteries from $79 to $29 for a year.
In the past, using anyone other than Apple to repair your iPhone battery also meant signing a deal with the devil. Reason being, Apple would not perform repair services of any kind if they found evidence of non-original, third-party components inside. But, according to documents obtained by several outlets at this point, the rigid policy is likely going to be changing pretty soon.
The reports mention that Apple Authorized Service Providers (AASP) and Genius Bars will be allowed to go forth with all iPhone repairs even if they discover an aftermarket battery inside. That means technicians will be allowed to fix microphones, logic boards, and even the display as usual.
Among other moves Apple has made in the past to stay in their customers good graces are offering repairs for iPhone displays that were previously fixed by a third party.
At this point, Apple technicians have probably seen it all from botch jobs to crazy counterfeit batteries that it should not come as a shock to see what is underneath some of these iPhones. Though it may cause some frustration on their end, the new policy is likely to make a lot of consumers very happy.