The deal was expected to start on January 1st 2018 and runs through the end of next year. An Apple spokesman said that it expected to need more time to set up the sale, but added that the company is ready to start offering $29 battery replacements starting today. He did caution that batteries for some models might be in limited supply at the moment.
While Apple rivals like Samsung, Motorola, LG and HTC have taken this opportunity to distance themselves from Apple’s actions, it remains to be seen exactly what kind of consumer backlash Apple will face. Replacing the batteries on iPhone 6 and later models will allow the phones to continue to run at full strength without the possibility that they will shut down. So if you want to take Apple up on this offer, call your nearby Apple Store to schedule an appointment.
If you’re too far away from an Apple Store and don’t want to mail your phone to the company, you might consider a DIY battery replacement from iFixit. As we told you the other day, these are available for the iPhone 4s and later, priced at $13.99 to $29.