It's $49 if you do it yourself directly with Apple, as a Mail-in service.
If you go to an AASP then it could be anything, but should be around $90 cheaper than it was previously, since Apple have reduced the price of the batteries that the AASP has to purchase.
Why should it be cheap to replace though, just because it's a consumable item?
The price of printer inks and toner cartridges come to mind.
A set of those usually cost more than a new printer!
And they are easily replaced by the user.
Because batteries are reasonably cheap to buy. You can buy replacement batteries for an iphone for less than $20. But if you install it yourself, it will void the warranty, so the only way to avoid that is for apple to do it, which is about $150, which is the price of an average android phone which includes it's own battery.
Consumer grade inkjets are often sold cheap initially, possibly even at a loss and then they make the money on very high ink prices, unless you buy generic ink. But people can still use generic ink and they don't have to take apart their printer with suction cups and pry tools to do this! So it is a totally difference business model. Iphones have a really expensive initial buy price, and so people expect them to last a reasonable period of time.
I heard today that radio NZ were discussing this battery replacement thing today. It sounded they said that people can ask for batteries to be replaced at no charge under the CGA. Link at https://www.radionz.co.nz/programmes/bits-and-bytes/story/2018647494/apple-tv-will-apple-start-making-its-own-shows and it is at 7min 50 secs. Anyone done this?
I said it’s $49 to get a battery done with Apple.
Where’d you get $150 from?
Haven’t listened to that show yet but why should you be able to get a consumable item replaced under the CGA?
If they’re saying it’s possible for the iPhones then you should be able to get free battery replacements for any electronic device that takes a battery.
One of our fire alarms at home just started beeping due to the battery going flat.
It’s not replaceable at all so I should get a new one free?