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Apple generally has well-built hardware that will last a long time if you take care of it. Furthermore, the company has a seven-year update policy to keep older devices in the software loop for longer. Perhaps the only thing preventing a long life for your iPhone, iPad, or Mac is degrading battery life.

Over time the battery life shrinks, and the battery may become almost useless. This can be manageable on Mac by using only plugged-in, but on iPhone and iPad it is more problematic. The only solution – aside from buying a new device – is to replace the battery.

Apple is now making that more complicated by increasing the price of battery replacements on older models that are out of warranty. Specifically, from March 1, 2023 the company will charge $50 more for replacement power banks.

The company has not said anything publicly about this change. However, one eagle-eyed Redditor saw the confirmation on Apple’s support websites for the iPhone, iPad, Mac:

The “current out-of-warranty battery service fee will apply until the end of February 2023. Effective March 1, 2023, the out-of-warranty battery service will increase by $20 for all iPhone models prior to iPhone 14.”

Pricing

Under the new structure, a battery replacement for the iPhone 13 and older models will rise from $69 to $89, while older iPhone models will a home button will increase from $49 to $69. As for iPad, there is a price increase of $40 for the iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation and prior), iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation and prior), iPad Pro 10.5-inch iPad Pro 9.7-inch, iPad mini (6th generation and prior), and iPad Air (5th generation and prior).

Lastly, Mac customers will pay $30 more to replace the battery on all MacBook Air models and $50 more across the MacBook/MacBook Pro range.

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