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Apple starts battery replacement program in S. Korea

2018/01/03 15:43

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SEOUL, Jan. 3 (Yonhap) -- Apple Inc. has started its battery replacement program in South Korea, officials said Wednesday, as the U.S. tech giant faces a potential lawsuit over the allegation that it intentionally slowed down older iPhones.

Under the program, which began Tuesday, Apple said users of the iPhone 6 and its successors will be able to replace batteries for 34,000 won (US$31.9), down from the previous 100,000 won.

Industry watchers said there will be some delays for the replacement program in South Korea due to a shortage of batteries for the iPhone 6 Plus.

"Many consumers have been making visits since Tuesday. Depending on models, some replacements will take some time due to supply shortages," an official from a warranty center in Seoul said.

The battery replacement program comes amid a looming lawsuit against Apple in South Korea as some iPhone users say that the battery replacement discount is not sufficient to compensate for the scandal.

Hannuri Law, a South Korean law firm, said about 240,000 iPhone users have applied to file a joint lawsuit.

Visitors wait to receive warranty services at one of Apple Inc.'s warranty centers in Seoul in this photo taken Jan. 3, 2018. (Yonhap) Visitors wait to receive warranty services at one of Apple Inc.'s warranty centers in Seoul in this photo taken Jan. 3, 2018. (Yonhap)

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