iFixit drops iPhone battery price to $29, matches Apple
If you haven’t heard the news, Apple has responded to its self-inflicted iPhone battery scandal by cutting the price of official battery replacements for iPhone 6 models and upwards to just US$29 (a US$50 discount). Perhaps out of necessity, or to cash in while the hype is still strong, iFixit has responded by slashing its DIY iPhone battery replacement kits to US$29, or less, as well.
With the news that Apple has been slowing older iPhones to protect against degradation with a new “feature” introduced in iOS 10.2.1, there has been renewed interest in users simply replacing their iPhone batteries, rather than upgrading to a new iPhone, to gain better performance. Since its introduction, the iPhone has always been sealed into the chassis of the iPhone, making user upgrades to batteries difficult. This has often led to users upgrading their iPhones after 12 – 24 months after purchasing it.
Unlike Apple’s battery replacement program, the iFixit DIY battery kit is available to upgrade batteries in devices older than even the iPhone 6. Its kits are available for iPhones including the iPhone SE, 5, 5c, 5s and 4s. Of course, as most user’s iPhones will be out of warranty, voiding it will not be a problem. Doing it yourself, however, is moderately challenging and will require referencing some videos to get right.