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Tech & Science Apple Might Replace Your iPhone's Battery Case For Free

13:41  14 january  2020
13:41  14 january  2020 Source:   lifehacker.com.au

Your iPhone XS or XR battery case could be due a free replacement from Apple

  Your iPhone XS or XR battery case could be due a free replacement from Apple Charging faults have been discovered across three modelsAt $129, the battery cases aren’t cheap, but their tight integration with the iPhone means that they come with a few advantages. iOS will display the charge level of your battery case in its top notification bar, for example, and it can also pass data through the battery case’s Lightning port. If your case is eligible for a replacement, then it might be worth taking it into an Apple Store regardless of whether it’s having problems. You’ll get a newer model, and there should be less chance of it developing problems in the future.

Apple ’ s replacement program is only good for the Smart Battery Case on the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. And affected cases were manufactured at some point between January and October of 2019. Apple isn’t, however, replacing every case that was sold between this time period.

Since the Smart Battery Cases in question were launched in January 2019, that covers pretty much every unit produced thus far. It’ s likely that Apple fixed the underlying issue Users will be able to get a free Smart Battery Case replacement at an Apple Store or an Apple Authorized Service Provider.

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If you’ve noticed that your $199 Smart Battery Case is struggling to charge your iPhone, or you can’t really charge the case itself that well (or at all), then you’ve got a defective product on your hands. Apple is aware of these issues and is ready with replacements, and you only have to jump through a single hoop to get one.

First, let’s talk eligibility. Apple’s replacement program is only good for the Smart Battery Case on the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. And affected cases were manufactured at some point between January and October of 2019. Apple isn’t, however, replacing every case that was sold between this time period. You’ll have to bring yours to one of Apple’s authorised service providers or an Apple retail store for inspection. If Apple agrees that your case is defective, it will be replaced for free.

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Apple ’ s Smart Battery Case is a popular way to give iPhone extra battery life along with some unique touches that third-party cases can’t offer. If you’ve been having issues with yours you may be eligible for a free replacement for iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max Smart Battery Cases .

Apple authorized service providers can replace your iPhone battery . If your iPhone is covered by warranty, AppleCare+, or consumer law, we'll replace your battery at no charge. In some cases , there may be a cost associated with the repair. See the chart below for battery replacement pricing

While you should probably stop using any Smart Battery Case that isn’t charging (itself or your iPhone), Apple notes that the case itself won’t damage your much-more-expensive iPhone. The issues with the case aren’t a “safety issue,” which I believe is Apple speak for “It won’t blow up.” That said, if you get a replacement case, you’re keeping your original case’s warranty. You don’t get any kind of extension or reset with an Apple replacement.

To get started with your replacement, simply make an appointment at an Apple retail store or visit another authorised service provider.

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