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Apple Sorry for Slowing iPhones, Cuts Battery Price by $50

Apple has apologized for secretly cutting speed on older iPhones. Apple has apologized for secretly cutting speed on older iPhones. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

December 28, 2017 04:55 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple is apologizing for secretly slowing down older iPhones, which it says was necessary to avoid unexpected shutdowns related to battery fatigue.

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Many customers had interpreted the move as a way to juice demand for newer models.

Apple also says it will cut the price of a battery replacement by $50 to $29. It previously cost $79 for those who didn't purchase the Apple Care maintenance plan.

The replacement plan begins in late January for anyone with an iPhone 6 or later that requires a new battery.

Apple will issue an update to its operating system early next year to give users a better understanding of the health of their battery.

Hostile customer reaction was swift after a report this month uncovered the intentional slowdown in speed tests.


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