Apple in short supply of iPhone 6 Plus batteries until March

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This all started in December after users on Reddit complained of slowing iPhones and Primate Labs' John Poole ran benchmark tests on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 over time, across various iOS updates.

The blowback over Apple slowing down iPhones just keeps coming. Owners of the iPhone SE, iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7 or 7 Plus who suspect their battery might need replacing, should make a technical appointment, said iStore.

After provoking the ire of French authorities over what is considered by the country as "planned obsolescence" by Apple, the Cupertino firm now has to contend with lawmakers at home.

"However, even if Apple's actions were indeed only meant to avoid unexpected shutdowns on older phones, the large volume of consumer criticism leveled against the company in light of its admission suggests that there should have been better transparency with respect to these practices", Sen.

Thune's letter suggests that this apology has not quelled his concerns.

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Dozens of law firms in the United States have filed suits seeking damages on behalf of iPhone owners, with potential suits brewing in France, Australia, Canada and South Korea.

At the time, the company asserted it would never "do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades".

[Representational Image] Apple Genius suffers burns, as iPhone battery catches fire in Zurich store.

In a letter, Thune has asked Apple if the tech giant made any effort to notify its customers that its recent software updates would make several types of iPhones released before 2017 slow down when their batteries weakened. According to internal Apple documents obtained by MacRumors, Apple will not be able to replace the battery in your iPhone 6 Plus until late March or early April.

"Moreover, Apple's proposed solutions have prompted additional criticism from some customers", Thune continued, "particularly its decision not to provide free replacement batters to affected customers".

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