Jan 082018

Approximately 10% of iPhone users would change their phone battery rather than buying a brand new Apple device, according to a financial analyst at Barclays Capital. Sales of iPhone terminals could be by 16 million units lower in 2018 due to the scandal that rocked the Cupertino-based company, which admitted that it reduced performance on older iPhones because of ageing batteries.

iphone 6 side view

iPhone 6 side view (public domain photo)

More specifically, 10% of those using older models (iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus and SE) said they would choose to change the battery instead of buying a new Apple smartphone.

The same analyst says the US giant could lose up to $10.3 billion in revenue this year because of the battery scandal.

Apple explained that it has intentionally slowed down smartphones performance through software updates in order to minimize the risk for old terminals to shut down unexpectedly. The US tech giant cut the costs for battery replacement down to $29. Moreover, anyone using one of the abovementioned models will be able to change the battery regardless of gadget’s “health”.