Apple ended the year 2017 with a scandal of scale, users being dissatisfied with the fact that older iPhone models are deliberately slowed down to avoid misconceptions in use. In an attempt to gain little confidence back from fans, the company has considerably reduced the cost of replacing batteries for the last three years, but now faces another problem: battery stocks are not enough to meet demand
The stock issue appears to be mainly present in the United States, where Apple was left without battery stocks for the iPhone 6 Plus, customers being scheduled for replacement operations only towards the end of March or the beginning of April. Since the iPhone 6 Plus is a phone launched over three years ago, many of them have "tired" batteries, with performance dropping over time.
The information comes from MacRumors, which had access to an internal document stating the waiting times for such operations.
In the case of users of iPhone 6 or 6S Plus, it seems that the waiting time is slightly lower. They are no longer in stock in most Apple stores, but replacements are made within two weeks of the replacement request. Otherwise, the models for the iPhone 6S, SE, 7 and 7 Plus seem to have enough stock for an operation in the shortest possible time.
Apple has reduced the replacement cost of batteries from $ 79 to $ 29 throughout the year 2018 for all phones launched since 2014. As a result of the news that battery performance is limited, many users are rushing to change them to extend the life of their devices, and they are still compatible with the latest software and most of the special features in iOS 11.
It is not clear whether other regions are affected by battery stock problems, but it is likely that Apple will increase the production of spare parts for affected models in the coming months