Apple tells the Senate it may offer rebates to customers who bought full-price battery replacements

In response to questions from a Senate committee, Apple said in a letter today that it may offer rebates to customers who paid full price for a battery replacement by making the switch before the company started offering a discount.

In December, it was revealed that Apple used software updates to slow down the performance of some iPhones, a decision the company defended by saying it prevented devices from erratically shutting down. The problem involved degrading batteries, and placing a new battery in affected phones fixed the performance issue. In response, Apple cut $50 from the price of inserting a replacement battery, meaning customers could make the switch for $29.

But a letter from Senate…

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