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If you're one of those people who just can't seem to turn on your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, it's not your fault - it's Apple's.

The Cupertino tech giant explained in a blog post there exists a component failure in these models then announcing its new repair program. In a statement, Apple announced:

"Apple has determined that certain iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus devices may not power on due to a component that may fail. This issue only affects devices within a limited serial number range that were manufactured between October 2018 to August 2019."

Apple encouraged iPhone 6s and 6s Plus owners to enter their phones' serial number to see if it's eligible for free repair. Qualified devices can be fixed at any Apple Store, Authorized Service Provider, or via the Apple Repair Center mail-in service.

To be specific, Apple's repair program isn't for whatever problems your device currently has but only for the boot-up issue. If your phone sports a damaged screen or repair issues other than the flaw the company has owned up to, you'll have to pay for those.

Additionally, Apple's repair program only covers 6s and 6s Plus phones for two years after the first purchase. However, if you've already addressed the issue and paid for repairs, the company will happily pay for refunds via Apple support.

Apple has silently killed off the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus range last year in American markets after launching the devices four years ago. This signaled the ending of the company's numbered iPhones to host a headphone jack. While it's good that a repair program had been launched to address the issue, it left some users wondering why Apple is offering free repairs for an old phone.

Nevertheless, anything Apple offers completely free of charge is a blessing, and what's great is that you don't have to go through extreme lengths to find out if your phone is qualified for a free repair.

The steps are fairly simple: simply head on to Apple's repair program website then enter your phone's serial number. The page will then show if your phone is eligible for the program or not.

If you're qualified, Apple says to communicate with Apple support or proceed to the nearest service provider or Apple Store. The company has gotten good in owning up to manufacturing issues in its devices recently, and it's a welcome change that it's fixing devices that were made in such a small window.