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Apple said to launch iPhone 6 battery exchange program (Update: Nope!)

by Todd Haselton | January 17, 2017January 17, 2017 8:30 am PDT

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Apple is reportedly gearing up to launch an iPhone 6 battery exchange program, Mac Otakara said this week. Apple doesn’t currently have one in place for the iPhone 6, though does have an iPhone 6s battery exchange program. The latter was created following reports that user’s found their batteries couldn’t keep a charge as long as advertised. Apple confirmed there was a small batch of units with defective batteries.

The iPhone 6, so far as we know, does not have a defective battery. It’s unclear why Apple would need to launch a replacement program. Folks whose batteries aren’t holding a charge as well as they used to can typically take them in for replacements, so long as Apple Care+ is still active. We haven’t heard many reports of faulty iPhone 6 batteries, though, so this plan comes as a bit of a surprise.

Maybe it’s a new policy

Perhaps Apple knows something we don’t, or perhaps it’s trying to extend the battery life of older devices. Batteries tend to lose their charge power over time, and Apple could distinguish itself from competitors by giving folks extra life out of a device that might otherwise perform perfectly well.

We’ll let you know if this becomes official, for now it’s just a rumor.

Update: It was just a rumor after all. Apple told AppleInsider there are no plans to launch such a program. “We constantly evaluate service statistics. There are no plans or grounds for a wide iPhone 6 battery exchange program at this time.”

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...