Nearly two months since Apple admitted to slowing down the processing power of older iPhone models, battery replacements in South Africa have skyrocketed, according to one expert.
Apple Doctor founder James Winter, who has over 24 years of experience repairing technology, told Business Insider South African he's not seen anything like it before.
Apple Doctor operates over 30 Apple repair centres across the country.
"South Africa is always a bit behind the world, but about three weeks since Apple admitted to slowing batteries in December — iPhone battery replacements increased by 54%," Winter says.
He says by the end of January battery replacements were sitting at double the level they were at in 2016.
"We thought it was just a quick spoof, but the number has been consistent — and growing — since then."
In December, Apple admitted to slowing down older iPhone models to improve "power management during peak workloads to avoid unexpected shutdowns" as batteries age.
The company said it would be cutting the price of iPhone battery repairs from R923 ($79) to nearly R338 ($29).
iStore South Africa, an Apple authorised reseller in South Africa, offers battery repairs at a reduced cost starting from R430, Apple doctor from R289, and WeFix from R199.
Winter says Apple Doctor runs specialised diagnostic software on iPhones to determine whether or not their batteries need to be replaced.
"Not all batteries need replacing — we believe: 'don't scratch where it doesn't itch,'" Winter says.