IPhone Update Will Allow Users To Stop Battery Slowdown, Tim Cook Says

20 January, 2018, 03:51 | Author: Jeannette Greene
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook

Speaking with ABC News, Cook apologized again for the whole slowdown debacle but he also stressed that Apple will continue to take the actions it did (reducing performance of aging iPhones) in case the OS deems it necessary, so as to help users prolong their battery usage and prevent any sudden shutdowns or reboots.

In an interview with ABC News, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that not only will iPhone owners be able to check the health of their batteries, but will also have the option to turn off the performance-slowing power management feature, should they want to. "My main goal was to reach out to Apple and say, 'Hey, you've been ignoring my bug reports.' I always report the bug before releasing something". Though after these changes, at least that decision will be up to you.

While the apology added that Apple was dropping the charge of out-of-warranty battery replacements from $79 to $29, the announcement did not include Cook's claim about disabling the throttling issue in the future. Cook also mentioned that Apple is now searching for the site Apple will build its third campus, which will be located in a different state than its current California and Texas locations.


On Thursday, just two days after the malicious was initially disseminated on Twitter, Apple told BuzzFeed that a fix is coming in a software update next week.

The issue struck a nerve on social media, where many voiced a theory that Apple intentionally slows down older phones to encourage customers to buy new ones. Soon, however, the so-called feature will become an option you can toggle off. He didn't exactly say why, but it's likely he doesn't want iPhone users to experience unexpected restarts.

With the update, Cook said, "We're going to give people the visibility of the health of their battery so it's very, very transparent - this hasn't been done before". Last week two beta updates were rolled out, and this fast pace may indicate that iOS 11.2.5 is nearly ready for prime time.

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