iPhone owners will be able to optionally disable CPU throttling in future iOS version update, as Tim Cook confirmed that for all. Just after Apple came under the first admitting its iOS 10.2.1 update released in 2016, internally throttling CPU performance in iPhones with depleted batteries.
After issuing an apology letter for not communicating properly to consumers the slowdown of older iPhones when their battery was degraded, CEO of Apple today confirmed that upcoming iOS update will give an option to users where they could choose to disable this “feature”, that too if they don’t like it.
In an interview, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed a new iOS function will soon allow owners of iPhone with deleted batteries to disable built-in CPU throttling, a preventative measure designed to lengthen the lifespan of older handsets. The company also claims the software is designed to keep older iPhones running smoothly, but a number of users cried foul, claiming it is not within Apple’s rights to artificially slow down hardware without an owner’s knowledge.
Here’s what Cook confirmed in an interview with ABC News. That this feature will be part of a semi-major iOS 11.x beta update, first to be issued to developers and public testers next month, before being rolled out to everyone else, likely sometime in Spring of this year.
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.
If you don’t want it, you can turn it off.
Having said this, Cook also says that it’s not recommended to turn off this “feature”. It’s important to note Apple didn’t apologize for throttling CPUs on older iPhones with degraded batteries. Instead apologized for not properly communicating they were doing this. And the company believes that it’s done in the best interest of consumers as degraded batteries on older devices cause unexpected shutdowns, resulting in poor user experience.
Apple issued an open letter for what is characterized as miscommunication, explaining that the iOS feature was instead “to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions.” Initially designed for iPhone 6, 6s and SE, the preventative measure has also been extended to iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and will further be implemented in future products.
Cook also goes on to echo past statements, saying the iOS 10.2.1 update was in service to the user, not a malicious plan to force existing iPhone owners to upgrade to newer hardware. He also notes Apple dropped the price of out-of-warranty battery replacements from $79 to $29, a seeming consolation for the debacle.
As of right now on the latest version of iOS 11, when the system detects that lithium-ion battery in iPhone 7 or older model is getting degraded, it automatically starts throttling CPU to put less load on the battery in order to extend its life. With today’s statement, Cook now confirms that going forward, an iOS update will offer users with the ability to turn off this throttling of CPU, if and if they prefer performance over better battery life. Though, doing so might result in them facing unexpected shutdown issue on devices with degraded batteries.
(source: ABC News)
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