If a person uses their iPhone regularly, they will go through the battery cycles that Apple defined and he or she is a loyal customer, hence the usage. No one knows that you "suppose to" update the battery and it's not easy. So, people just buy new phones.
I am amazed that everyone is just cool with this. It is an extremely clever strategy and results in billions in extra sales for Apple.
New batteries are $119AU which I think is a reasonable price to pay after two years or so.
Everyone knows components in cars need replacing, including batteries, so I think people can be reasoned with in to accepting the same is for consumer goods you want to keep beyond the average phone contract term.
I don't see it as a lack of transparency. That smacks of underhand and fraudulent behaviour. I won't buy another iPhone.
In a similar vein, you can no longer move photos from your computer to your iPhone unless you subscribe to the paid Cloud service. iTunes will no longer allow you to do that.
Edit: just got a quote for an iphone 7+ battery replacement from one of the mall kiosks here: $120. If there is so much fat in the cost surely they'd at least undercut Apple by $20 to get the business.
Removable batteries are a completely different conversation but you can still buy phones with them so go ahead and indulge yourself.
Undoubtedly genuine Apple batteries may be better quality but that's still ~$100 for labour.
You're not only paying for the labour, but also a guarantee the phone will work as intended after and warranty on the replacement. $100 is cheap for that.
Because it is designed to prevent user from replacing battery, so you pay
$100 for opening the lid, taking out the battery, putting in the new one, and
closing the lid. $100 is nowhere near cheap for something that should be safe
to do for the user.
$100 _is_ cheap for the phone as it currently stands.
Only if you're Apple's fanboy. Virtually anybody else still has replaceable
Please don’t use accusations like “fanboy” and “suckers like you” it’s rude and in bad faith.
I’ve had about a dozen phones over the last decade including Samsung phones, LG nexus phones, HTC phones and even a Palm Pixi at one point. There is no fanboying here - and you’re just a jerk for making such a pointlessly derailing smear.
By having to rely on the fanboy smear it’s clear that you have nothing else to rely on.
"Apple is reducing the price of an out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacement by $50 — from $79 to $29 — for anyone with an iPhone 6 or later whose battery needs to be replaced, starting in late January and available worldwide through December 2018. Details will be provided soon on apple.com."
It's the end of Moore's law and they are going to start pulling this stuff so you upgrade, because the new phones just aren't that much better. Meanwhile, I'll stick to Note 4s still they stop making them and I can't get them used. Perfect phone, imho.
Off-brand batteries can be dodgy and not have the correct protection circuitry.
I suggested he turn off the animations that are designed to run on the latest phones and are more processor intensive. (One other thing that will help, however, is to cut back on the transition animations in iOS 11. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion and toggle it to off.) And like magic, his phone ran as fast as it ever did!
I did the same thing with my sluggish iPhone 5, and did a reinstall clearing all my data, and it runs really great now, as if it were brand new!
Makes me wonder how many people will think they have the battery issue when in reality they have features turned on that will inherently bog down the older phones. You'd think Apple would auto detect the model and by default have features like animation turned off. But perhaps their motivation is not to give their customers the best experience?!?
f you want to speed up your older iPhone, this article covers most of what I did for my iPhone 5 last year: http://bgr.com/2017/09/19/ios-11-features-iphone-how-to-spee...)
Totally aside from the above, I turned off the animations on my iPhone X and it seems to run slower. Not sure what that is all about.
I had a phone which was exhibiting poor performance. I called up support, and they were able to run diagnostics remotely, and determine the battery needed to be replaced, which I was able to have done the following day.
There are plenty of people who would rather Apple made a different tradeoff with respect to batteries in general, which is fine, and people are free to buy a different phone. My comment was trying to answer the question posed to my parent as to why someone might have downvoted their parent. Let's not continue to abuse this already poor metaphor.
But the ordinary consumer has no idea. They just see their phone is slower than the fancy new ones. Why would they assume it's a battery problem.
I really don't know how to respond to this. Isn't that going to be the case regardless? New phones are going to be faster.
If they see a performance degradation on their phone, they've got some options to them. The easiest would be to have the phone looked at, as I did. They could also search the web for ideas as to what's wrong. Or they could give up and buy a new phone, maybe not Apple.
There's a whole host of things going on here. Some people want user-replaceable batteries. Some people want better diagnostics in the phone. Some want better control over what's going on in the phone. I understand and in some cases sympathize with these positions. I also understand that Apple has to make tradeoffs when designing their products, both hardware and software, keeping in mind how people are going to use them and how they'll interpret different behaviors. Same thing with every other manufacturer out there.
I'm bowing out of this. I intended just to point out why someone might have downvoted the comment above, and I've let myself get dragged into justifying alternative ways of thinking about the situation. I guess this is what leads to a lot of comments asking why something was downvoted or flagged or whatever: some people aren't willing to take the time to think through what alternatives might be, and whether they might be be reasonable, even if you don't agree with them. That's a shame, because it's crucial to being able to understand people you don't already agree with or how others may perceive your own actions. I'm not here to argue for argument's sake.
In small letters:
*for 500 charge cycles. After that it will run at the speed of your coffee maker.