Apple has informed its authorized repair stores and Apple Stores across the globe that iPhone 6 Plus replacement batteries are in short supply and won’t be available before late March to early April in the United States and other regions.
The document also notes that the battery replacement time for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s Plus is around two weeks. There are no major delays in the battery replacement time for the iPhone 7, iPhone SE and other variants. However, your mileage may vary depending on your country and the rush at your local Apple store.
The iPhone 6 Plus was launched in September 2014 so it is understandable that Apple does not have an adequate supply of its batteries to meet the inflow of customers thanks to its discounted battery replacement program. The delay, however, will likely disappoint many iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners out there whose devices are already performing below par due to their aging batteries.
Apple has already started shipping out packages containing dozens of replacement batteries to Apple stores and its authorized stores. However, the packages mostly contain replacement batteries for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Apple stores and authorized service centers have seen an influx of customers looking to replace the battery of their iPhone every since Apple announced its discounted battery replacement program. Apple had initially announced that the $29 battery replacement program would start from January but then decided to make it available immediately across the world from late December.
Ideally, the company should not have made its program immediately available if there was a shortage of iPhone 6 Plus batteries. The long wait time for battery replacement will only frustrate already frustrated iPhone owners out there. Owners of older iPhones like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s are the ones who’d be more interested in getting the battery of their iPhone replaced as the battery inside their phone is already past its prime.
As an iPhone 6 Plus owner, are you frustrated with the extra delay in getting the battery of your phone replaced?[Via MacRumors]