Apple's New IPhone Update Will Sort Out Your Battery Woes
- Author: Kara Saunders Jan 20, 2018,
Jan 20, 2018, 3:54
The update is expected in the coming months, and will roll out first to developers.
The problems are piling for Apple, a South Korean consumer group has filed a criminal complaint against Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook over slower iPhone devices, after probes in Europe into allegations the firm had deliberately shortened the life of its handsets.
"We're going to give people the visibility of the health of their battery, so it's very, very transparent".
This update will also provide notifications to users before it throttles the system performance due to weak battery life.
"We will tell someone we're reducing your performance by some amount in order to not have an unexpected restart", Cook said.
The rest of the interview focused on Apple's repatriation of foreign revenue, which Cook claims will bring $US38 ($48) billion back to the USA and is part of the company's plans to spend $US350 ($439) billion in the United States over the next five years. For intensive use, this resulted in the phone as a whole slowing down, but prevented it from shutting down. However, the dozens of lawsuits against the company were not dropped and Apple continue to receive public criticism. Cook said "maybe we should have been clearer", and stated that Apple's motivation behind these types of decision is to always have the user in mind.
Users will soon be able to choose if they want their iPhone slowed or not.
The practice makes sense to maintain the iPhone's reliability, but it's controversial because people didn't know about it and were likely to buy a new iPhone instead of replacing their older iPhone's battery for much less.
The company did not confirm which version of iOS they would be releasing, although considering that the new iOS 11.2.5 beta 6 includes this bug fix, then there is a pretty good chance that the software will land next week.
As part of its attempt to minimize the backlash against its battery strategy, Apple has also cut the price of battery replacements from $79 to $29.