Apple is raising the price of installing a new battery in most iPhones, iPads and Macs, starting March 1. The company made the announcement on the device repair pages, in small text under its price estimators, which was noticed by 9to5Mac.
The amount of the price hike depends on the device you own. For iPhones, it’s simple – Apple’s site says “out-of-warranty battery service charges will be increased by $20 for all iPhone models prior to iPhone 14.” For phones with a home button, that means the price will drop from $49 to $69, and for Face ID phones, that means it will drop from $69 to $89. By the way, these prices were put in place in 2019, after Apple ran a year-long promotion where you could get a new battery for $29, to offset its battery limitation controversy.
For “all models of MacBook Air”, the price increase will be $30, bringing the price from $129 to $159. For MacBook (the 12-inch computer introduced in 2015, although Apple’s site only lists battery service options for 2016 and 2017 models) and MacBook Pros, $199 replacements will go up $50 , at $249.
iPads are the trickiest, simply because there are so many versions. The price increase is $20 across the lineup, but will apply to the following models, according to Apple’s website:
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro (5th generation and earlier) — current model is 6th generation, released in 2022.
- 11-inch iPad Pro (3rd generation and earlier) – current is 4th generation, released in 2022.
- 10.5-inch iPad Pro
- 9.7-inch iPad Pro
- All iPad minis
- All iPad Airs
Price increases aren’t necessarily the most surprising thing ever — Apple’s latest iPhones already had more expensive replacements than their predecessors, as did iPad Pros.
The elephant in the room is Apple’s self-service repair program, which lets you buy batteries for an iPhone 12, 13, or 2022 SE, as well as a MacBook Air. (Technically, you can also buy MacBook Pro batteries, but they’re part of a $500+ upper case assembly.) it’s unclear if that’s going to get more expensive, too. There doesn’t appear to be a price increase warning on the separate self-service repair store site – battery and screw kits for the iPhone 12 and 13 are currently $69.00, though you could get around $24 if you return your old battery. Apple did not immediately respond to The edge‘s request for comment on its DIY prices.
In theory, the battery replacement fee change shouldn’t affect people who paid for Apple’s extended service plan – the company’s repair pages for the Mac, iPhone and iPad say all something like “Your product is eligible for a battery replacement at no additional charge”. cost if you have AppleCare+ and your product’s battery is less than 80% of its original capacity.
That last part is worth noting because even if you find your battery life intolerable, Apple’s policy is that you’ll have to pay to have it replaced unless your device’s software reported a problem. battery health. I have personal experience with this restriction – I took my AppleCare Plus protected iPhone 12 Mini to have the battery replaced in February 2022, and was told I would have to pay if I wanted one because the maximum capacity listed in Settings > Battery > Battery health and charge was 84%.
Since then, I feel like my phone’s battery life has gone down even further, but that number hasn’t changed by one percent. Even though my phone’s battery is only down 16% and hasn’t gotten worse in the last year (again, I highly doubt that), it’s still a pretty tough experience; it’s gotten to the point where i have to charge my phone throughout the day if i plan to leave the house.
It’s already a frustrating situation, but I can’t imagine how annoyed I’d be if my AppleCare plan expired in March, past the deadline. Luckily (?) it expired in December, so I have some time to get it at the old price – although I’ll be a little annoyed to have to pay for it at all.