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Apple says iPhone Owners can Disable 'Power Management

07 Février 2018

Apple, facing scrutiny for slowing down older iPhones, is considering rebates for some customers who paid the full price of $79 for battery replacements, the company said in a letter to the U.S. Senate.

The company says that it is it exploring this option after Thune pressed it over its practice of slowing iPhones as their battery life deteriorates over time. Once that drop hits a certain level, the phone will experience a shutdown.

Besides "battery health" information, the iOS 11.3 update also brings four new Animojis for the iPhone X, and Augmented Reality (AR) upgrades. On top of that, users with iPhone slowdowns will be given the choice to disable throttling so that they can run their iPhone at maximum performance. The page only really has two fields: Maximum Capacity, which shows what percentage of the original charge your battery can still hold; and Peak Performance Capacity, which tells you if your phone's performance is being throttled due to the battery.

Performance is normal: "Your battery is now supporting normal peak performance".

This is not the first time the iPhone X has had display issues, with some users reporting shortly after its launch previous year that the display became unresponsive in cold conditions. This program only applies to iPhone 7.

For those with a problematic battery, you would see a message indicating that there was an unexpected shutdown and performance management has been applied for better stability.

Battery health unknown: "This iPhone is unable to determine battery health".

So while most questions about the recent battery controversy have been answered as thoroughly as Apple will allow, there are now new questions about how newer iPhone models handle similar situations going forward. An Apple Authorized Service Provider can replace the battery to restore full performance and capacity. Batteries that do not meet these specifications may be eligible for free warranty repairs.

The firm is now offering $29 replacements on select iPhone handsets to atone for its criticism of its decision to clandestinely throttle performance to protect old cells. Most reports agree that this hasn't been resolved by the the latest iOS 11.2.5 update with signs pointing to earlier versions being affected too. Now, true to its words, Apple has started seeding developers with the iOS 11.3 Beta 2 update that does just that.

Apple says iPhone Owners can Disable 'Power Management