Apple has apologized to its customers for slowing down performance on older iPhone models in service to older batteries—and is lowering prices for replacement batteries in response to what it calls a “misunderstanding.”
“About a year ago in iOS 10.2.1, we delivered a software update that improves power management during peak workloads to avoid unexpected shutdowns on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE,” the company said in a statement on its website. “With the update, iOS dynamically manages the maximum performance of some system components when needed to prevent a shutdown. While these changes may go unnoticed, in some cases users may experience longer launch times for apps and other reductions in performance.”
In an assist to users who are experiencing the slowdowns, Apple is lowering the price of replacement batters from $50 to $29 in January, according to Time. iPhone users with 6’s or later will be able to snag the deal.
“When a chemically aged battery is replaced with a new one,” the statement reads, “iPhone performance returns to normal when operated in standard conditions.”