Apple has risked further provoking the ire of iPhone owners after announcing that cut-price replacement batteries for older smartphones will not be available until March.
The tech giant was forced to apologise last month after it was revealed it purposefully slowed down iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE models, in what it said was a bid to improve the longevity of its handsets.
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To placate its customer base, Apple subsequently announced a programme that would offer £25 replacement batteries to owners of older iPhones, potentially giving smartphones a new lease of life. Batteries are normally priced £79.
The programme got underway this month in the US and is supposed to start in the UK in late January. But has now hit a major bump in the road, which suggests the UK programme might not start for months.
As you'd imagine, the Apple army has taken to Twitter to vent its frustration. And the results are predictably salty.
One iPhone owner wrote: "Speak to Apple make battery repair appointment get confirmation arrive and get told the batteries are no longer made. Check back in March. Hello Samsung!!"
Another said: "@Apple sucks. Customer for YEARS and store is telling me they can’t get me a battery until MARCH? Unacceptable."
Apple has yet to make any official comment on the matter.