There’s a piece of news for all Apple devices users out there: Apple will change the battery of some devices before the previous 50 percent limit is reached.
The Apple Care+ warranty has been tweaked to cover more devices than previously, with the added perk that users won’t have to wait for the battery lifetime to lower to an often annoying 50 percent of its initial capacity.
Before, Apple required that the battery capacity falls under 50 percent. Now, if your device’s battery falls below 80 percent of the initial capacity, the AppleCare+ warranty envisages that it will be changed. At a cost, of course.
This is indeed a great piece of news for Apple device users who have long been confronted with Apple’s battery technology slow evolution. In the past two decades, the batteries of both iPhones and MacBooks has seen little change to keep up with the times.
With increasingly demanding applications and operating systems, that often turns out problematic for users who see the battery depleted in a short amount of time.
The move was first announced by MacRumors. Apple.com confirmed it soon after. According the website, Apple customers who own a MacBook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air will benefit of the battery change free of charge under the AppleCare+ warranty as soon as the battery capacity of their devices falls by 20 percent.
At the same time, the AppleCare+ warranty covers iPhone, iPod, iPad, as well as Apple’s wearable, Apple Watch. This new feature covers both newly purchased devices and those that haven’t been purchased recently, yet are still under warranty.
The price tags for the AppleCare+ warranty vary according to the Apple device you own. For the Watch Sport, prepare an extra 49 dollars. iPod Touch requires 59 dollars for the warranty, Apple Watch – 69 dollars.
For different iPhone and iPads, AppleCare+ requires 99 dollars, while MacBooks are covered for an amount varying in between 250 and 350 dollars.
It is important to notice that if you find the battery of your Apple device is draining rapidly, it is necessary to file a service request with Apple. Oftentimes, Apple users try to perform a battery switch by themselves with off-the-internet products.
Batteries in Apple devices are not however user replaceable. Perform such an action by yourself and you risk not only failing, but voiding the warranty altogether.
So, one service request that will establish the validity of the claim to change the battery of your Apple device once it reached 80 percent of its original capacity goes a long way.
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