As first spied by Ars Technica, replacing the battery in any of the iPhone 14 models will be considerably more expensive than with older models: the service is now priced at $99. For comparison, Apple only charges $69 for battery replacements on the iPhone 13, 12, 11, and X. The latest iPhone SE as well as the iPhone 8 and older models are priced at $49. However, comparing just the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14, the price has gone up by $30, which translates to 43%.
This big jump in battery price may not stem from Apple merely deciding to crank up the prices for hardware or profit-related reasons. Battery replacements used to cost more than what consumers have been paying over the past few years; for the iPhone 6 and newer, replacements used to cost $79. However, in 2017, after it has been confirmed that Apple was throttling old phones, the company drastically cut the cost of battery replacements to $29 due to the so-called Batterygate backlash. This only lasted for a year before the prices were increased to $69. Now, Apple hasn’t just gone back to the previous price but has also tacked an additional $20 on top for a total out-of-pocket cost of $99.
If you want to take good care of your battery and not have to replace it sooner than necessary, remember to regularly shut down battery-draining apps, avoid keeping your phone in places with high temperatures, and don’t let the battery drain to zero. Similarly, it’s advised that you don’t charge it all the way to 100%, because that too contributes to poor battery life.