Speaking to ABC news, Apple CEO Tim Cook has announced that the next iOS update will allow you to disable battery performance throttling on your iPhone.
The feature, which will of course, give you the option to disable it, will make the health of your battery visible to you. During the interview, Cook told the ABC that:
“In addition to giving everybody a very very low price on a new battery, we’re also going to give people the visibility of the health of their battery. So it’s very, very transparent. And, we will tell somebody that we’re reducing your performance by some amount in order to not have an unexpected restart. And if you don’t want it, you can turn it off.”
The update, according to Cook, will arrive next month in a developer release prior to a global rollout—adding “this hasn’t been done before.”
The update will warn or alert or better still, inform you when your iPhone is automatically reducing its performance in a bid to prevent unexpected shutdowns. Apple recently admitted to intentionally slowing down iPhones—but could this be one of the measures being taken by the company to calm the nerves of consumers?
A public release of the next iOS 11 update is not expected to happen before March—and that’s because the developer beta version is expected before that time—early February to be precise.
Apple unveiled its first iOS 11 beta to the general public for download last June, and users didn’t pay $99 for a developer account to download it. While the iPad got loads of improvements in the new iOS 11 release, the same cannot be said for the iPhone that got both minor and major changes. For instance, you can now drag and drop filed and app icons to open or access new apps, work with multiple apps simultaneously among many other new additions.
Apple recently announced that it would offer discounted replacement iPhone batteries and make them available this month. This is Apple’s way of calming the nerves of angry consumers who are obviously upset after the Cupertino-based company admitted that it slowed batteries deliberately.
Following that announcement, some Apple retailers in the US have started offering battery replacement at $29 for owners of iPhone 6 or newer.
Apple had in a statement made available to TechCrunch said:
“We expected to need more time to be ready but we are happy to offer our customers the lower pricing right away. Initial supplies of some replacement batteries may be limited.”
Apple originally announced that the battery replacement program would start at the end of this month. At $29 per every replacement, Apple has chopped off $50 from the original amount it costs to do same. The window for users to replace their batteries will remain open up to December 2018.