South Korean group files charges against Apple for slowing down Iphones

Leigh Mccormick
January 20, 2018

"We will tell somebody 'We're slightly reducing your performance by some amount in order to not have an unexpected restart.' And if you don't want it, you can turn it off".

Older iPhone handsets had been slowed down by Apple so their batteries could cope with the latest software.

Before Apple released iOS 10.2.1 in 2016, older iPhones were frequently hit with an issue that caused a spontaneous shutdown if the battery's voltage output dropped below a certain threshold - which occurred more frequently when the battery got old, cold, or ran low on charge. However the good news is that Apple is on top of it already and according to a report from BuzzFeed News, the company has promised that a fix will be released next week.

The future iOS update will give the user more power over their phone's battery says Apple. On December 28, Apple issued a public apology to customers over the battery issue and said it has never purposely shortened the life of its products.

The practice makes sense to maintain the iPhone's reliability, but it's controversial because people didn't know about it and were likely to buy a new iPhone instead of replacing their older iPhone's battery for much less. The company is adamant that this is not a ploy to get people to buy newer models, but a tactic created to stop devices from unexpectedly restarting, due to the limitations brought on by battery age.

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The bigger question now is will these moves help Apple avoid numerous lawsuits that it's facing because of this fiasco?

Cook added that the company would also provide information about the current health of a user's battery.

"We deeply apologise for anyone who thinks we have some other kind of motivation". Last week two beta updates were rolled out, and this fast pace may indicate that iOS 11.2.5 is nearly ready for prime time.

As part of its attempt to minimize the backlash against its battery strategy, Apple has also cut the price of battery replacements from $79 to $29.

Despite introducing the option, Cook has advised iPhone owners not to turn off the throttling feature when the update is released.

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