Apple has reportedly decided to replace iPhone 6 Plus with iPhone 6S Plus until end of March 2018. The story leads back to the battery replacement strategy announced by the Cupertino based tech giant when reports surfaced that Apple has slowed down older iPhones with a software update.

However, Apple claims that the update was introduced to avoid unexpected shutdowns whereas market critics claim that it was Apple’s gimmick to make the users shift to newer iPhones.

The fresh reports claim that Apple has decided to switch to smartphone replacement strategy rather than the battery unit. According to the news media outlet MacRumors, an internal document has been distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers stating:

Orders for whole unit service inventory of some iPhone 6 Plus models may be substituted to an iPhone 6S Plus until the end of March 2018.

Though, the leaked document neither specifies the iPhone 6 Plus model nor provides any reason for replacement, but it is presumed that short supply and large demand of iPhone 6 Plus batteries would be a possible reason behind the decision.


On the other hand, the media outlet also claims that Apple had already stopped production of iPhone 6 Plus and apparently, the tech giant has to reboot its production in order to fulfil demand of replacement units and it might take some time. That is why Apple, at the moment offers users either to till April or go for the whole device replacement through Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers.

It is also learnt that Apple and its Authorized Service Providers can replace display, battery, speakers, rear camera or Taptic Engine of an iPhone individually while defective motherboard or its components cannot be easily replaced thus leading to whole-device replacement.

So, it is not often everyone gets the free upgrade to iPhone 6S Plus but only those customers who have devices beyond repair can enjoy the utility.