Apple has announced a price increase for most Apple Watch battery replacements, hiking the price from $79 to $99 for Series 4 devices and newer. The new pricing can be verified on the company’s Apple Watch Service and Repair website.
The move doesn't come as a surprise for many Apple customers, as the company had previously raised the prices for battery replacements for iPhones, iPads, and Macs by $20 to $50.
While the cost hike is unfortunate, a battery replacement can offer a cost-effective way to extend the life of an older but otherwise functional device. Many, like the author, are contemplating battery replacements for their devices, like the iPhone 12 Mini, as a more affordable alternative to buying a new device.
For users who have Apple Watch Series 4 or newer, the cost increase means they will need to evaluate whether the longer lifespan granted by a new battery justifies the higher price point, especially as new models are continually being released.