So where's your proof that it was in fact Apple's attempt to "help" people with aging batteries rather than to force them to buy a new phone, Mr. Layer? Your claim is equally "extraordinary", and you have provided no proof besides "apple said so". The fact is Apple is paying for claims and replacing batteries at a reduced cost, they would not do this if they were not doing something wrong. They have set aside a great deal of money to pay for such claims. More money than you will ever see in your entire lifetime.It's about basic logic: if you make an extraordinary claim that challenges common knowledge, you have to provide evidence if you're going to sway anyone with a reasonable intellect. You can't make a claim that Apple intentionally shortened battery life on its devices and then cite only "very smart people" as proof.
Apple has been found guilty in a courtroom, and admitted on their own account, of various wrong doings over the last 3 decades. Steve Jobs was basically a criminal, and they openly admit to stealing things from other companies.
I'm not going to waste my time making a huge case for a single dufus on the internet, I'll save that for the actual court room where I win lawsuits all the time. If you'd like me to answer your question send me a PM, and a check, my time is billed by the hour. This is a public forum, I am free to express my opinion, and I am in no way required to prove it. You too are welcome to your own opinion, but your opinion is no more correct or accurate than mine is.