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Apple will change your battery before it's half dead

Apple now replaces batteries whose capacity has fallen below 80 per cent, the company announced on Wednesday.

According to a report by Cnet (opens in new tab), the company’s support service, called the AppleCare+ warranty service, used to replace batteries on devices when its capability, or the amount of energy it is able to hold, would fall below 50 per cent.

Now, Apple says, it's going to meet customers more than half way.

The AppleCare+ protection plan covers batteries in the iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple Watch, MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. The change also applies to any new purchase and retroactively to any device still under warranty, Apple said. Customers need only submit a valid claim.

This is an important change, as the batteries in Apple products are not user-replaceable. That means that if something is wrong, and the battery needs changing, that also means voiding the warranty. Often, people would do this because their batteries stop performing as well as they once did.

According to Apple, to check the capacity of your iPhone's battery, if you suspect it's draining too quickly, you should start a service request that will get the ball rolling on your replacement. Out of warranty, the battery will run you $79 (£51) (up to $199 (£127) for Macbooks).

AppleCare+ costs $49 (£32) for the Watch Sport, $59 (£38) for the iPod Touch, $69 (£45) for the standard Watch, $99 (£64) for iPhones or iPads, and between $250 (£160) and $350 (£223) for MacBooks.

As new technologies rush forward, and batteries fall further behind, changes like these are more than welcome.

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.