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Apple has found itself in a spot of hot water with a lot of its customers in the last week or so, with the news emerging that it has allegedly been slowing down older models of its signature iPhone handheld device. This seemed to confirm a long-standing conspiracy theory about Apple in the minds of many, to the extent that Apple finds itself facing lawsuits in various countries from angry customers.

Many people have long been (incorrectly) of the opinion that Apple has been hobbling its older phones in order to push people into buying its newer models, an official statement released by the company apologising for the slowdown reveals that the reason is to do with battery life.

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According to their statement, slowing down the older models is necessary to protect devices with ageing lithium batteries from shutting down suddenly and damaging their components. And while there is no evidence whatsoever to support the idea that it is in fact a policy of planned obsolescence, a lot of customers are still very angry.

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As a gesture of goodwill, Apple has announced that it will slash that price of replacement batteries, and will also update the software in the devices so that from now on it will let users know whether their battery is still in good condition. The company has apologised unreservedly and completely denied claims that the slowdown was for nefarious commercial purposes.

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Whether this apology will win them back their lost goodwill among a section of their customer base as yet still remains to be seen, but the reduction in price for replacement batteries and the new battery monitoring software upgrade can only be good news for users of older devices.

Apple has also warned that the discounted battery replacements may initially be in short supply, as the severity of the situation is greater than it expected.


iRepair Harlow repair Apple devices such as iPhones, iPads and Macs. They also repair Windows based PCs and laptops. For more information please call 01279 210 091. 

A Quick Solution for your Apple Problems

Apple products are the Volkswagen vehicles of the consumer electronics world. They're design classics, with a devoted fan base who would never dream of using anything else. However, they are also highly specialised and brand-protected, meaning it's a lot harder to get parts and repairs than with a standard PC or android phone. Sure, there are the Apple stores, but not everyone has one of those nearby. And a lot of smaller computer repair places don't have the expertise needed to treat a poorly iPod. No matter how well-designed they may be, like all machines, they have a tendency to break down at the most inopportune moments.

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By far the most common problem is a broken iPhone screen. According to a survey by Motorola, fifty percent of smartphone users have suffered a cracked screen at some point (seven percent of these having broken it while taking a selfie), and sadly Apple users are no more immune to this than anyone else. If this has happened to you (whether you were taking a selfie or not; we're not judgmental) then we at iRepairs Harlow could be the answer to your prayers. We can usually do iPhone repairs on the spot while you wait, and you can select the glass you require from our website in advance so we will know we have it in stock when you come in for your appointment.

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Of course, some things aren't as easily diagnosed- software problems, corrupted installs and ageing components can be hard to identify for a casual user (or even a government department, judging by recent events in the news). But we have years of experience in IT, and especially with Apple products, and we can identify the problem, come up with the solution, and implement it, leaving your device running as well as it did the day you first took it out of the box.

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As a family business, our customers are important to us as people. We will never push a more expensive solution on you just to make a profit, and will always work to find the most cost-effective way to fix your pride and joy. If you any questions about Apple apps or Apple products in general, please contact the Team here at iRepairs Harlow. We’d be delighted to help.

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