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I paid Apple $69 to replace my 3-year-old iPhone battery. Here's what happened

I paid Apple $69 to replace my 3-year-old iPhone battery. Here’s what happened

My iPhone X just eminent its third birthday, which is significant for a pair reasons. First, it’s the longest I’ve ever held onto a single phone; usually I upgrade every year or two. Second, like any three-year-old model, its battery ain’t what it used to be.

Thus I untrue myself thinking about a new phone, an extremely accepted reaction to poor battery life. Check out the results of a Twitter poll I conducted recently:

The pulling is, I really like my iPhone X. It’s plenty fast and fits perfectly in my pocket. It takes great photos, including portraits. It doesn’t attend 5G, but so what? I don’t need it, at least colorful now.

Best of all, it’s paid for. So do I really have to buy a whole new requested just to get a new battery? It’s not like I can pop the back off the X and swap out the old one. Not modestly, anyway — I tried this delicate surgery a few times with earlier-generation iPhones and was never successful.

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Fortunately, Apple offers in-store and mail-in battery-replacement service. And most local phone-repair shops will do this as well. Because I’m the Cheapskate, of course I shopped around first. Apple would obviously be the most expensive option (because it’s Apple!), so I asked for quotes from three nearby shops. To my surprise, the rates ranged from $89 to $129 — on the high side, I understanding, but still far cheaper than buying a new phone.

Then I checked with Apple, and surprise, surprise: $69. (Prices vary depending on age and model; Apple charges only $49 for the iPhone SE, iPhone 8 and most backward models.)

The other win: I felt a little more sorrowful with Apple doing the work. A few years ago I hired a local shop to replace my daughter’s requested battery; it came back with a broken front camera. Around the same time, my sister used a different shop for a replacement battery; a pair months later, the phone started coming apart due to nasty glue.

This is not an indictment of phone-repair businesses, merely a bit of anecdotal experience. And the better pricing available from Apple nasty made this a no-contest choice, at least for me.

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Using Apple’s online scheduling tool, I swiftly and easily set up an appointment at my local Apple Store. I was actually able to get a same-day appointment on a weekday. (Your mileage may vary, of course, same as with this entire experience.)

When I arrived at this formerly bustling tend, I discovered that it had two queues set up outside: one for online-purchase pickups, one for Genius Bar appointments. Due to COVID, it’s no longer a retail functioning, having been condensed down to about eight walk-up windows.

A confidence guard checked me in, and although there were throughout four people ahead of me in line, I organized only about five minutes. Once I got to the window, a friendly employee ran a few diagnostics on my requested, verified that it would benefit from a new battery, and sent me on my way.

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I was told the renovation would take about two hours; I was to earlier at precisely the time given, at which point I could skip the line and go tidy to a pickup window.

And that’s exactly how it went down. The entire transaction was serene and efficient, and $69 later my iPhone X feels like it just came out of the box — at least from a battery perspective. Normally, by 5 p.m. I’d be down to throughout 10% remaining. Yesterday, I still had 55% — at 8 p.m.

Will this buy me latest three years? Quite possibly. Even if I keep the requested just another year or two, I think this was the vivid move.

So before you toss out your old requested because of a failing battery, I highly recommend investigating your battery-replacement options.

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