Over a couple of months ago, owners of older iPhone models have complained of “unexpected” shutdowns of their devices, including iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus and 6s Plus. Mainly some iPhone 6 users have started sudden inexplicable switching off their phones, which could basically go dark, forcing a user to have to plug them into an outlet to get them to power back on. Now that Apple is proudly sharing that it has all but eradicated the issue through the release of iOS 10.2.1 update that is already installed on about half of the affected devices.
It says that has been working on its very annoying bug which has come up with a fix of sorts that should mitigate the problem on a majority of affected iPhone devices. When owners started reporting about their phone would suddenly shut down without any immediate cause, Apple would later acknowledge that the issue, that only affects a small number of devices according to the company, had something to do with the deteriorating batteries in these older models. In fact, Apple says that the mechanism that shuts an iPhone down is actually a feature specifically designed to protect the user. From whom?
The Cupertino-based company also said that the fix is actually already on your iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus or 6s Plus installed iOS 10.2.1 – something that around 50-percent of iOS users have already done, which exactly really didn’t went into specifics so we can only rely on some conjecture.
Reason the company says is that these iPhones would immediately shutdown when it detects the battery is delivering a voltage lower than what Apple safely allows. This can happen under certain conditions though it never really shared what those actually were. Given that the issue doesn’t affect iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Currently these devices are not impacted by this issue anymore, but it can perhaps be attributed to the older phones’ degraded battery life. The problem, however, is that the batteries of these iPhones are just fine.
There’s still a fix in on the newer beta versions of iOS that should allow the auto-restart in iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 models, as well. Apple also suggests that iOS 10.2.2 update has fixed that for majority of those affected by this issue. As per the statistics by its own, over 80% of affected iPhone 6s devices and 70% of affected iPhone 6 phones are no longer experiencing the problem.
To also help those still facing related problems, Apple has removed the need to plug in an iPhone in order to restart it in case of another battery-related shutdown. This should provide some sort of relief for users who were annoyed by the problem.
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