Apple apologized for throttling iPhone on a official statement, and promised to issue new update to give iOS users more visibility into the health of their iPhone’s battery, so they can see for themselves if its condition is affecting performance. And in an interview with ABC News, Tim Cook was asked for his take on Apple slowing down iPhones with degraded batteries. He revealed that the developer beta including these features will be released next month, with a public release to follow after. Moreover, he says that this forthcoming update will give users the option to disable the throttling to maintain normal CPU performance, but will be at risk of unexpected shutdowns.
Cook states plainly that Apple will release the developer beta (presumably iOS 11.3) next month and that it will include the ability for users to disable performance throttling if they want to. The new feature will make a lot of users happy who have openly asked for the ability to use their iPhone at full speed knowing that it increases the likelihood of their device randomly turning itself off if the battery cannot provide enough instantaneous voltage. And Apple will not recommend users disable the throttling as it may mean that they will not be able to use their device in emergency situations.
Apple’s battery throttling technique was activated on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone SE as of iOS 11.2. It can reduce performance by up to 50% in benchmarks, but only kicks in if the system determines that the battery is degraded. And a developer beta in February probably means a public release of this update will be available in March. We will wait and see.
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