After Secretly Slowing Down Older iPhones Apple Takes Away Refunds and Offers Discount Instead

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No details about a potential Apple rebate to customers who paid full price to replace the batteries on older iPhones were included in a five-page letter sent to Sen. John Thune, a South Dakota Republican. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is mulling refunds to customers who paid full price for battery replacements on older iPhones.

Apple now offers a $50 discount as part of its apology for secretly slowing down the devices. Apple isn’t providing details on a potential rebate yet. The possibility was mentioned in Apple’s five-page letter to Sen. John Thune, a South Dakota Republican who demanded more details about the iPhone slowdown.

Thune released Apple’s Feb. 2 response on Tuesday. Thune says Apple will follow up with additional information at a future date.

Apple has been replacing batteries on older iPhones for $29 since late December, down from the usual $79. The offer is good through this year. A new battery is supposed to prevent older iPhones from bogging down.

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