Today, Apple announced that they'd be dropping the price of their battery replacement by $50, from $79 to $29. While this will help ailing consumers' hardware issues, Apple will also be pushing out an iOS update in 2018 with "new features that give users more visibility into the health of their iPhone's battery, so they can see for themselves if its condition is affecting performance."
While Apple has yet to release the exact details regarding this update, it should provide more insight than the "Your iPhone battery may need to be serviced" warning that currently pops up on older phones.
Apple claims they'll give users "new features" to monitor their batteries, but they aren't exactly the most likely company to put more power in the peoples' hands. They also don't claim this update will improve battery life or performance, so we shouldn't expect it to be anything other than diagnostic in nature.
It would be nice if the new update let us see a percentage or some other form of analytic data about our battery health, but let's not get ahead of ourselves — for all we know, it could simply be a more detailed version of the message seen above in the second screenshot. In the meantime, it's easy enough to test your battery health on your own.
As for the battery replacement deal, Apple will be offering the service for only $29 from late January 2018 until December 2018. This applies if your device is out of warranty, and it covers iPhone 6 models or newer.
Apple is reducing the price of an out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacement by $50 — from $79 to $29 — for anyone with an iPhone 6 or later whose battery needs to be replaced, starting in late January and available worldwide through December 2018.
What do you think about this new planned update? Are you looking forward to being able to see more information about your battery's health? Let us know in the comments below.