Starting on March 1st, the price of a new battery in most Apple products will go up. 9to5Mac noticed that the announcement was made on the repair pages in small text.
The price hike is dependent on what device you have. The out-of-warranty battery service fee will be increased by $20 for all iPhone models before the new model is released. The price for phones with a home button will go from 49 to 69, and the price for Face ID phones will go from 69 to 89. The prices were put in place after Apple ran a year-long promotion where you could get a new battery for $29.
The price of all MacBook Air models will go up by $30. The replacements for the MacBook will be going up in price by $50, to $249.
There are so many versions of the iPad that it's difficult. The price increase will apply to the following models.
The 6th-gen iPad Pro is released in 2022, the 3rd-gen iPad Pro is released in 2020 and the fourth-gen iPad Pro is released in 2022.
The price increases aren't surprising, as Apple's latest iPhones already had more expensive replacements than their predecessors.
The elephant in the room is Apple's self service repair program, which allows you to buy batteries for your phones and MacBooks. The batteries for MacBook Pros come as part of a $500 top case assembly. The company has never been a great value compared to just bringing it in to an Apple store, but it is not clear if it will be getting more expensive. If you return your old battery, you can get $24 back, but there is no price increase warning on the self service repair store site. There was no response from Apple about its pricing.
The battery replacement fee change shouldn't affect people who have paid for Apple's extended service plan, because the company's repair pages for the Mac, iPhone, and iPad all say "your product is eligible for a battery replacement at no additional cost if you have Apple."
Even if you find your battery life intolerable, Apple will not replace it unless your device has a battery health problem. I was told I would have to pay if I wanted a battery replacement because the maximum capacity listed in the settings was 84 percent.
It feels like my phone's battery life has cratered even further, but it hasn't changed. Even if my phone's battery has only diminished by 16 percent and hasn't gotten worse in the past year, it's still a rough experience; it's gotten to the point where I have to charge my phone throughout the day
I can't imagine how annoyed I would be if my AppleCare plan ended in March. It expired in December, so I have some time to get it, even if I am slightly annoyed that I have to pay for it.