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Apple's iPhone battery replacement credit atones for batterygate

You may have found money waiting for you, or at least credit at the Apple Store, as Apple is making further amends for purposely slowing down older iPhones with deprecated battery life.

It's offering a $50 (£54) credit to anyone who paid full price for a battery replacement between January 1, 2017 and December 28, 2017 on an iPhone 6 or later. Of course, the replacement had to have been done at the Apple Store or an authorized retailer.

The company was caught throttling iPhones with subpar battery performance late last year in an effort to avoid sudden device shutdowns. The fix was to swap out the battery, which restored the performance of older iPhones.

Apple even went as far as offering to replace the batteries in older iPhones that showed no deprecation.

Why this amount?

It's not just a random number. The credit is based on the fact that Apple dropped the price of battery replacements when 'batterygate' become a news scandal.

In the US, for example, the battery replacement price went from $80 to $30. But people who already had their battery replaced at full price saw no benefit to this price drop.

It's not a refund, like some people would have liked, but it can go toward replacing your older iPhone with an iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X, something you were probably going to update to anyway.

Matt Swider

US Editor-in-Chief

Matt Swider is TechRadar's gadget-savvy, globe-trotting US Editor-in-Chief who leads the US team in New York City. He began his tech journalism career all the way back in 1999 at the age of 14, and first started writing for TechRadar in 2012. He's tested over 1,000 phones, tablets and wearables and commands a Twitter account of 777,000+ followers. Matt received his journalism degree from Penn State University and is never seen without his TechRadar headphones.