Apple has begun trialling a new battery reservation system, as it looks to smooth the process for iPhone owners looking to take advantage of its battery replacement programme.
iPhone owners in Canada can now opt to order a battery online, with Apple then contacting them once one becomes available.
Until now, users have had to call Apple to check on stock, or risk making an appointment at their local store, only to find there are no batteries available.
While Apple officially says the wait for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s batteries was up to two weeks, Uswitch was able to secure a new power pack for the former within a week of first contacting the California company.
It is not yet clear when Apple will begin online reservations here in the UK, although as the programme finds its feet and supply ramps up, the wait shouldn’t be too long.
Apple has faced growing opprobrium over its decision to slow down older iPhones. Its next iOS 11 update will allow users to switch off the power management tools that cause iPhones to run slowly, with a new battery health indicator set to appear within the Settings app.
This week it was also claimed that Apple is dropping planned cosmetic changes to future versions of iOS in a bid to improve reliability.