You will have to pay Apple more to replace your iPhone battery if it is an older model

Older iPhone owners will need to hurry to replace the battery if it starts to show its age because Apple will raise the service fee in a few months. What this means is that if you do not own any iPhone 14 model, you will have to pay these price increases.

Apple said it raised iPhone battery replacement fees by $20, with changes arriving March 1, 2023

On one of its support pages, Apple says the following, officially announcing a price hike for any iPhone model that wasn’t launched in 2022. This means if you currently own an iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, or iPhone 14 Pro Max, these price increases won’t affect you.

“The current out-of-warranty battery service fee will apply through the end of February 2023. Beginning March 1, 2023, the out-of-warranty battery service fee will be increased by $20 for all iPhone models prior to iPhone 14.”

With the $20 price increase, if you were paying $69 for any iPhone 13 model, you’ll now be charged $89 for the same service. The same fee will apply to any iPhone 12 members and devices launched earlier. Depending on your usage, it is fairly easy for your smartphone battery to deteriorate, which is why it is absolutely imperative that you perform the replacement before March 1st begins.

For iPhone SE and iPhone 8 owners, who were charged $49 to replace batteries, they will now have to shell out $69 in a few weeks. With Apple including a battery health percentage monitor, it’s easy to determine when your iPhone will need battery replacement service, so if the health meter is below 80 percent, we recommend performing a replacement right away to save money.

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This can be done through any of Apple’s retail locations through the Genius Bar or any authorized reseller outlet, or online using the company’s inbox service. As to why Apple will continue to increase iPhone battery replacement fees is anyone’s guess, but we have multiple speculations, ranging from increased component costs to rising inflation. Apple has also seen a slowdown in iPhone sales due to weak demand, so it will likely want to increase its revenue through other methods.

This price revision is sure to piss off older iPhone customers, but if they want to replace their batteries with minimal hassle, they’ll have to pay the extra.

News source: Apple

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