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iPhone battery rebate for customers who paid £79 full price: what you need to know

Back in January, Apple said it was slashing the cost of iPhone battery replacements from £79 to £25, as a sop to customers annoyed that the company had deliberately slowed down older handsets.

Not up to speed with the £25 replacement programme? Here's what you need to know.

But the mea culpa hasn't stopped there. Since then Apple has suggested that customers who paid full price to have their battery replaced before the scheme could be due a rebate.

That means a fair few customers are due a nice little £54 windfall. Or rather it could mean that, if Apple makes good on its mooted course of action.

Here we look at whether the rebate will actually happen. And we'll examine who'll qualify in the event that it does, and how it'll work.

Will there be an iPhone battery rebate?

iPhone battery being replaced

It looks likely. After US Senators wrote to Apple demanding to know whether consumers who had paid the full price for a battery replacement were in line for a rebate, the California company was unusually direct.

Apple’s Vice President of Public Policy said: “Yes, we are exploring this and will update you accordingly.”

That sounds hopeful, no?

When will a rebate happen?

That’s still very much up in the air.

Apple is only a month into its battery replacement programme, offering cheaper power units to iPhone owners until the end of 2018.

Arranging a rebate will take time and will doubtless be a complex process.

It will have to be this year, however, unless Apple wants the issue to drag on into 2019.

How will Apple decide who qualifies?

As yet, that information has yet to be released.

But as with the battery replacement programme, it’s likely only those who bought a new battery through official Apple channels will qualify.

That means anyone who went to a third party retailer for a new power unit is unlikely to get any money back.

Will this be a global rebate?

iPhone 7 Plus rose gold

It’s doubtful Apple could only offer a rebate in the US, even if its plans for one have only been mentioned in correspondence with the Senate.

However, any rollout would probably take time and be done territory by territory.

The good news is that the UK remains one of Apple’s key markets, meaning users here could be getting money back sooner rather than later.

Is there any sign of iPhone batteries not being headline news?

Unfortunately for Apple, no. Despite saying the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X would not be slowed down, its next iOS 11 update will bring everything back to the surface.

That’s because it includes new Battery Health functionality, which will allow iPhone owners to monitor their battery use and put them in control. We got our first glimpse of that this week, with snaps of how the feature will look.

If that fails to damp down the outcry, expect this one to run and run.

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