After a United States senator asked Apple questions about its controversial decision to quietly slow the performance of older iPhones, the Cupertino-headquartered company replied that it may offer rebates to users who paid full price for a battery replacement.
"iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X models include hardware updates that allow a more advanced performance management system that more precisely allows iOS to anticipate and avoid an unexpected shutdown". The tech giant did not specifically answer whether or not it would release a software update to throttle the performance of 2017 iPhones. In theory, they should retain their same performance from update to update. Apple seems to be taking a middle ground here to address users' concerns. So it's not that the newer iPhone models don't have throttling practices. But if you really want to be sure that your older iPhone is working as fast as possible, the option is now there. "As a result, the impacts of performance management may be less noticeable on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. Over time, the rechargeable batteries in all iPhone models will diminish in their capacity and peak performance and will eventually need to be replaced". Now the company claims that the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X might not need to significantly slow down their processors as their batteries age to avoid random shutdowns.
Apple is intentionally offering this new Hardware Update feature on the newly announced phones as a middle ground.
iPhones have basis management performance feature which helps you to customise your iOS devices' functionality and how the apps and other things work on your device. The company also wrote a long apology note on the issue and is now replacing batteries on older iPhones at reduced prices. Apple claims its motive was to boost the battery life and prevent unexpected shutdowns.
That being said, Apple has stated the direct opposite of this in the past, so we really don't know what their next move will be. Meanwhile, sales of Apple's newest iPhone have been weaker than expected, to the point that Apple is reportedly going to stop production of the phone this coming summer. Battery replacement will bring the phone's performance to normal levels. A rebate for the small number of customers who paid full price could earn them some good will.
Apple tells the Senate it may offer rebates to customers who bought full-price battery replacements
Apple Inc (Apple) designs, manufactures and markets mobile communication and media devices, personal computers, and portable digital music players, and a variety of related software, services, peripherals, networking solutions, and third-party digital content and applications. Despite lower iPhone shipments, Apple was able to post record revenues of $88.2 billion with $20 billion in profits. Apple is trying to make it easier to buy the anniversary iPhone for consumers.
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