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Apple’s $29 battery replacements are available starting today

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Apple has started its low-priced battery replacement program for qualifying iPhones, as promised. Initially, the program was supposed to kick-off early 2018, but it seems there’s a change of heart in Cupertino.

The company confirmed the immediate start of the program in a statement to TechCrunch, saying:

We expected to need more time to be ready but we are happy to offer our customers the lower pricing right away. Initial supplies of some replacement batteries may be limited.

As far as eligibility is concerned, customers with an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, or iPhone SE are eligible for the battery replacement program. However, Apple will probably run a diagnostic to check whether your iPhone’s battery qualifies for a replacement.

The replacement costs just $29 (in the US), and is valid worldwide until the end of 2018. You might wanna check with your local Apple Store before rushing to it, as initial supplies are likely limited.

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Apple posts two new iPhone XR videos after pre-orders open

Introducing the iPhone XR & Spectrum.

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Apple’s most affordable iPhone of this year, iPhone XR is now available to pre-order. The company is accepting pre-orders through Apple.com and the Apple Store app from customers in more than 50 countries and territories around the world.

Customers in select countries and territories including Armenia, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, and South Korea will be able to pre-order the iPhone XR beginning Friday, November 2. You can check the full list of iPhone XR pre-order dates here.

As soon as the Apple Store went live with iPhone XR pre-order page, Apple also posted two new iPhone XR video commercials on its YouTube channel today. The videos, entitled Introducing iPhone XR and Spectrum, focus on the iPhone’s key features, design, and colors.

The first one briefs through the single lens camera that can do Depth Control just like the iPhone Xs but without a dual lens, the Liquid Retina Display, A12 Bionic presence, water resistance, and more. Meanwhile, the later video outlines the design aesthetics and new colors that wrap the LCD iPhone.

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iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max to launch in more countries and territories starting October 26

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Apple has announced that the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max will be available in more than 30 countries and territories in the coming weeks. That goes alongside the iPhone XR launch next week.

The iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max will be available to pre-order on Friday, October 19 at 12:01am Pacific Time to customers in additional countries. The availability sparks beginning Friday, October 26 at 8am local time in countries including Chile, Columbia, Malaysia, and Thailand. The same event will occur in South Korea and more than 10 additional countries and territories beginning Friday, November 2.

The new iPhones can be ordered through Apple.com or the Apple Store app, or purchased at an Apple Store or authorized resellers on the launch day depending on your region.

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iPhone XR pre-orders begin Friday, October 19

Black, White, Blue, Coral, Yellow and PRODUCT (RED). Starting at $749.

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Apple launched the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max worldwide last month. The company also introduced the cheapest 2018 iPhone — the iPhone XR — at its Special Event, which is almost ready to hit the market next week.

The iPhone XR will be available to pre-order beginning Friday, October 19, with sales commencing a week later. Customers will be able to purchase the iPhone XR beginning October 26 at 8am local time in more than 50 countries and territories around the world — that includes the following names.

Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Herzegovina, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the UAE, UK, US and US Virgin Islands.

Meanwhile in Armenia, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Macau, Maldives, Myanmar, Ukraine and Vietnam, the iPhone XR will launch on Friday, November 2, and a day earlier on November 1 it arrives in Israel.

The iPhone XR comes in a wide range of finishes, including Black, White, Blue, Coral, Yellow and PRODUCT (RED). It will be offered in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB storage variants, starting at $749. Pre-orders begin on Friday, October 19 at 12:01am Pacific Time on Apple’s official website and the Apple Store app.

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