Just a few weeks ago, a Barclays analyst said that the wait time to replace the battery in an iPhone was approximately two weeks and that it would be improving. Now, the firm says that the average waiting time has increased from three to four and a half weeks, with some stores that have a waiting time of nine to 10 weeks, according to 9to5Mac.
The initial pickup in the wait time was the result of Apple lowering the battery replacement price to $ 29 in December 2017. The company admitted that it was intentionally holding back old phones to compensate for battery aging and reduced battery life. price of battery replacement. for it. As a result of the discount, the average wait time for battery replacement jumped to four weeks in January, but then dropped to around two weeks in early February.
Barclays discovered that battery replacement for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is largely responsible for increasing wait times again. It is not at all surprising, since the batteries of these models, in particular, are scarce. Barclays is also predicting that there will be less iPhone sales in 2018, as people take advantage of a cheap repair for their current phone instead of buying a completely new device.
If you decide to take advantage of Apple's $ 29 olive branch, it looks like there's still a wait.