In the wake of all the iPhone throttling drama, iFixit has announced that it is dropping the price on all of its DIY iPhone battery fix kits to $29 or less. The news follows Apple’s own announcement yesterday that it is going to be discounting out-of-warranty battery replacements to $29 in 2018.
iFixit’s kits include everything you need to replace your iPhone’s bad battery, and they support most models from the 4s on.
In fact, $29 sounds like a pretty good price. Effective immediately, we’re cutting the prices on all of our DIY battery install kits to $29 or less as well. The kits include all the tools you need to open up and swap your own battery. We also have options for the iPhone 4S, 5, 5s and 5c — which are excluded from Apple’s new program.
Obviously the difference here is that you have to replace the battery yourself, versus letting Apple do it, and the thought of the task can be somewhat daunting. iFixit argues that it can be more convenient doing the task yourself and most reviews suggest the project should take less than an hour.
For those who haven’t been following the story, Apple earlier this month admitted to throttling performance on older iPhone models to combat the side effects of aging batteries. The company issued an apology yesterday, and said it would be more transparent about the process moving forward.