Apple will replace faulty iPhone smart battery cases for free1 min read . Updated: 13 Jan 2020, 11:37 AM IST
- Exclusive to iPhones, the Smart Battery Case provides increased talk time up to 33 hours, Internet use up to 21 hours, claims the company
- Apple also highlighted that the faulty smart battery cases did not have anything to do with security
In order to provide customers with hassle-free experience with its products, Apple has started replacing Smart Battery Cases for users after they complained of charging issues. And what's better? Apple will replace it for free.
Known as Smart Battery Replacement Program, the Cupertino-based company will replace the faulty smart batteries of iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR if you have purchased the product between January and October 2019.
"Apple has determined that some Smart Battery Cases made for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR may experience charging issues," Apple's official site states.
Apple also highlighted that the faulty smart battery cases did not have anything to do with security. "This is not a safety issue and Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will replace eligible battery cases, free of charge," the site reads.
This move by the iPhone maker to replace the product for free is a significant development considering that the case costs $129.
According to the site, Apple would replace an affected Smart Battery Case if it exhibits one or more of the following behaviors:
-Battery case will not charge or charges intermittently when plugged into power
-Battery case does not charge the iPhone or charges it intermittently
But. like always, there is a catch to this free service by Apple. The site adds a note the says that the company "may restrict or limit repair to the original country or region of purchase." So, if you happen to own a malfunctioning battery case, you may be looking towards a tough road before you can replace it.
Moreover, Apple has also mentioned that this free replacement program includes only affected smart battery cases for “2 years after the first retail sale of the unit."
Apple confirmed that all faulty smart battery cases "will be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way." Well, this is quite a positive approach to help save environment.
Apple has been providing quite a few free services of late. Recently, it also added an option for its Airpods users to personalise both their AirPods and AirPods Pro charging cases engraved with larger texts and select emojis.