For some, it was confirmation of a long time internet conspiracy that Apple deliberately slows down old iPhones, forcing people to buy new ones.
When Apple admitted it has for years been secretly slowing down old iPhone batteries, lots of customers were understandably annoyed.
Apple said that by using software updates, it had been slowing down depleting batteries on old iPhone models in order to prevent them from shutting down the iPhone altogether as the battery ran out of juice.
Apple said it used software updates to improve power management and “avoid unexpected shutdowns on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE.”
However, users were not convinced and the whole saga now dubbed “battery gate” by the international media has turned into a PR disaster for Apple.
In a bid to try and stem the backlash from disgruntled users, Apple then announced that it was slashing the price of replacement iPhone batteries.
The offer seemed the least Apple could do to try and make it up to customers who by now were feeling pretty let down by a company for which many of them had been so loyal.
But less than one month after the announcement of the replacement iPhone battery scheme, it has now been reported that iPhone users may have to wait until March before they can replace the battery on their iPhone.
The delay is due to Apple experiencing major shortages in batteries, MacRumors reported, with iPhone 6+ batteries in particularly short supply.
News of the delays comes from internal Apple documents shared with Apple Stores and Apple authorized service providers.
The length of delays vary between countries but users have been told they can expect to wait at least two weeks for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S Plus battery replacements.
Earlier this month Apple said that until December 31st 2018 the cost of a replacement iPhone battery will be reduced from 2,900 baht to 1,000 baht.