Apple's iPhone battery replacements now available in India

(Reuters/Beck Diefenbach)Users of the Apple iPhone 6S and 6S Plus in India can now replace their old batteries with new ones at discounted prices.

After rolling out its battery replacement program for users of older iPhone models in the U.S., Apple has now started offering discounted batteries in South Asia.

According to a report from India Today, the tech giant's program to replace batteries of models like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 is now live in India. Interestingly, the rollout in the country came way ahead of schedule, as it was initially slated to take place sometime around the end of January, the report added.

The price of the replacement batteries starts at Rs 2,000, which is significantly lower than the original price tag of Rs 6,500. Users of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in India are all eligible to purchase the discounted batteries.

The Indian Express also noted that the iPhone battery replacement program will run until the end of December 2018, which means users of older iPhone models virtually have the entire year to replace their old batteries.

Earlier this week, Apple released a statement apologizing to its followers and announcing their offer to replace older batteries of phones that have been affected by their decision to slow down the performance of various iPhone models. "We've been hearing feedback from our customers about the way we handle performance for iPhones with older batteries and how we have communicated that process. We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologize," Apple wrote.

Apart from introducing the battery replacement program, Apple also announced that it will also "issue an iOS software update with new features that give users more visibility into the health of their iPhone's battery" in the early part of the year.

Apple is currently facing a number of lawsuits from unhappy users of older iPhone models like the iPhone 6. The plaintiffs are suing the company for causing "interferences to their iPhone usage due to the intentional slowdowns caused by Defendant," read the details of the lawsuit, according to a CNBC report.