Apple Can’t Solve the iPhone Battery Shortage Issue, Wait Times Increase

Apple discounted iPhone battery replacements from $79 to $29 following the performance throttling fiasco, but the company has a hard time dealing with all requests since early January.

Wait times for new batteries have increased significantly, and now it’s being estimated that replacing the worn-out unit on an iPhone takes 2.7 weeks on average, up from 2.3 weeks last month.

According to a report from BI citing Barclays analysts, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are among the models brought in for battery servicing most often, and these two in particular are hit by major delays. On the other hand, iPhone 7 batteries are typically in stock and devices can be serviced the same day.

Nevertheless, the analysts note that contrary to Apple’s estimates of increasing supplies throughout February, the company actually faces longer wait … (read more)

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