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Your really buggy iPhone 8 might need a new logic board


iPhone SE 2 could cost $399 just like the first-gen iPhone SE
Don't pitch your iPhone 8 into a wall because it keeps crashing. It could have a manufacturing flaw that Apple will fix.
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Apple has found the logic board in some iPhone 8 units have serious a manufacturing problem. The company will repair these at no charge.

If your phone keeps restarting or locking up, this might well be the cause.

Plenty of iPhone replacement batteries finally available


A device that might need an iPhone replacement battery
Here's a device that might need an iPhone replacement battery.
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The wait for an iPhone replacement battery has reportedly shrunk to little or nothing. This is good news for anyone with an older model who wants to take up Apple’s offer of a new battery at a discount price.

The company will swap out an aging battery for just $29, less than half what it used to cost, as an apology for surreptitiously throttling some devices.

Apple denies it will launch battery-replacement program for iPhone 6


The iPhone 6 Plus was Apple's biggest phone yet.
Have you had problems with your iPhone 6 shutting down randomly?
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Update: Apple has denied a report that it might launch a battery-replacement program to cover its iPhone 6 handsets.

The exact reason for the supposed battery-exchange initiative wasn’t revealed in Makotakara’s post, which was short on details. But the now-debunked rumor made it sound like Apple might expand the battery-replacement program in place for certain iPhone 6s handsets due to a fault that causes the units to randomly shut down.

Apple not replacing all batteries on iPhone 5 defective list


Apple isn't replacing all iPhone 5 devices suffering from short battery life.
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Earlier this week it was announced that Apple was replacing certain iPhone 5 models, sold between September 2012 and January 2013, due to a problem related to the devices’ battery life.

According to certain customers, however, things are not quite as straightforward as they may seem.

Some users, who fulfilled the criteria in terms of their iPhone 5 serial number, were still denied the free device replacement after Apple added additional tests. One iPhone user in Queensland, Australia said that she was told by an Apple Store employee that while the battery was “borderline” defective (it allegedly ran for only a couple of hours after charging) it was “not close enough” to warrant a free replacement. The customer was then asked for $99 in order for the Apple staffer to install a new battery.

Apple Introduces MagSafe Adapter Replacement Program



Has your Mac’s MagSafe adapter been worn down to the wires? Apparently, many people have experienced problems with MagSafe power adapters damaging where the cord and connector meet. So much so, in fact, that Apple had to redesign the MagSafe adapters to the L-shaped ones we know and love today just to try to resolve the problem, but to no avail.

No worries, though. Apple has launched an official Adapter Replacement Program for customers with damaged cables and broken hearts. There are now steps in place for getting your MagSafe adapter replaced and your money refunded.