Last month, Apple finally admitted that it slows down older iPhones through iOS updates. Although the company says that it does so to help deliver a better experience for consumers, who might otherwise face unexpected shutdowns due to degrading batteries, people were not happy. Apple issued a public apology, and started offering discount on battery replacement, but that still doesn’t solve the problem for those who do not want the performance being throttled. In a recent interview with ABC News, Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, says that users will be able to disable it.
During the interview, Cook says that the company will roll out the developer preview next month, with a public release to follow after. The update will provide users a “very transparent” view of the health of the battery in their device, and inform them that the device is being slowed down. However, if users do not want the performance of their phones being throttled, they are allowed to disable it.
Cook says that the company does not encourage users to turn it off, and reiterates that their intentions are “in service of the user”. Apple wants to ensure that users do not lose a call, miss taking a picture, or have any part of their iPhone experience interrupted because of unexpected shut downs.
Apple says that it only slows down devices with a degrading battery. You may replace the battery in your iPhone for only RM129 (down from RM369 previously) at an authorised Apple reseller in Malaysia including Machines and Switch. Check out our previous post for more information about battery replacements from Apple. Meanwhile, visit ABC News for the full interview.