Apple delays iPhone 6 Plus battery replacements due to limited supply

If you are thinking about changing your iPhone 6 Plus’ battery through Apple’s replacement program, you will have to wait over two months to get a battery replacement for €29. These are the orders that the workers at the company’s stores were given, so they are delaying the date for the replacements until late March and early April. The reason is the batteries’ short supply.

A lack of transparency with the iPhones’ slowdown, collective lawsuits across the world for the same reason, planned obsolescence accusations in France, battery explosions in the Apple Store, and now a limited battery supply for one of the brand’s models. Since we discovered that the Cupertino-based company reduces its iPhones’ performance based on their batteries’ health and capacity, the rest of the events and consequences have not ceased to hit the company negatively.

That and the fact that the iPhone X is yet to take off, which is even more worrisome. In this sense, its sales are estimated to be below those of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus together.

The iPhone 6 Plus battery replacements are delayed until April

In an attempt to mend fences, Apple began a battery replacement program earlier this year for those iPhones affected by batterygate (a drop in performance when the battery loses health). We are talking about every model from the iPhone 6 to the iPhone 7. A battery replacement for €29, which is much lower than the usual €89.

Said program has already started, but it will not have the same effect for every user. As stated by MacRumors, this is because those interested in changing the iPhone 6 Plus’ battery will have to wait at least until late March or early April.

This can be seen on an internal document sent by the company to all of its stores. Said document also includes other details such as the average time needed to repair the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s Plus, which is supposed to take about two weeks. As for the iPhone 6s, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the battery replacement should be carried out smoothly.

Limited supply

The reason that led to the iPhone 6 Plus’ battery replacement delay is none other than the lack of stock for this particular battery. An event that has taken the people at Cupertino by surprise again. This is more likely to be a lack of preparation, possibly because the company needed to make a quick decision to appease those affected by the iPhones’ slowdown.

So, if you have an iPhone 6 Plus and were interested in using Apple’s atypical replacement program, it may be worth waiting a few months for this model’s battery stock to stabilize. At the end of the day, Americans plan to keep the battery replacement’s promotional price the same until December 31, 2018. Otherwise, you can always change the battery yourself with the risk that it entails.

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