Apple adds new alert when your iPhone battery is failing

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Here's what to do when you get this message besides panic. (Ok, maybe a little panicking is OK.)
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iOS 11.3 has a new warning that users of older iPhones should dread. It’s a notification that the device shut down because the battery couldn’t provide peak power. Here’s what to do if this happens to you.

Week’s best Apple deals: Get the new iPad at discount!

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Save on the new iPad. You can use the money you save to buy an Apple Pencil!
You can use the money you save to buy an Apple Pencil!
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An iPad sale? Already?!? If you want to save on the new iPad that Apple unveiled this week, you’re in luck. Best Buy is offering the tablet at the best price with a store gift card.

Plus, save on AirPods at Costco. Or choose from a wide selection of refurbished phones, accessories and more at the TechRabbit March Mobile Madness Sale.

Apple could soon have iPhone 6s assembled in India

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Apple supplier Wistron started building iPhones in India last year.
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Apple manufacturer Wistron is reportedly putting the final touches on a deal that will allow it to secure another 100 acres of land in India’s tech hub of Bengaluru.

The $157 million facility will be used to start building iPhone 6s handsets in India. At present, Wistron only produces the iPhone SE in India, although it always planned to expand to other handsets after proving that Indian manufacturing was viable.

Week’s best Apple deals: Save big on refurbished iPhones

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You know you want a red iPhone. And now you can save with a refurbished one! Or choose from other refurbished iPhones.
You know you want a red iPhone. And now you can save with a refurbished one!
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If you need a new phone, but not necessarily a brand new one, you can save some cash by going with a refurb. This week, we found a selection of refurbished iPhones — in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors (including that super-cool red iPhone 7).

And they’re all at wallet-pleasing prices.

Battery replacement program could be bad news for iPhone sales

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Brazil demands easy iPhone battery replacements.
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Apple’s iPhone battery replacement program could cause the company to lose out on millions of new iPhone sales, according to analysts at Barclays.

It was revealed last month that the company intentionally throttles CPU speeds on some iPhones with older batteries to provide an overall better experience. Apple has offered $29 battery replacements to make up for it, but that might be bad news for its bottom line.

Apple’s $29 iPhone battery replacement just got easier

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Brazil demands easy iPhone battery replacements.
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New Apple support documentation leaked from one of its retail stores that the company’s new $29 battery replacement program is a lot less strict than some customers originally feared.

Earlier in the week, some iPhone customers reported that the genius bar refused to swap their battery if it wasn’t under 80% capacity. According to a new documentation though, employees have now been instructed to replace batteries no matter what.

Apple apologizes with $29 iPhone battery replacements

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Brazil demands easy iPhone battery replacements.
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Apple has offered iPhone customers yet another apology for intentionally slowing down the CPU on some older iPhone models in order to increase overall performance.

In a letter to customers this afternoon, Apple explained that it added a feature in iOS 10.1.2 that successfully reduced the occurrence of unexpected shutdowns on iPhones. Apple was able to do so by lowering CPU performance so that it drew less power from older batteries, but the company is now offering an olive branch to customers: cheap battery replacements.