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iOS 11.3 Beta Receiving a Battery Throttling Kill Switch

After a report was released that the United States government was investigating Apple’s power management that slows down older iPhone models, Apple released a statement confirming these reports, and that they were responding to them. In this statement, Apple confirmed that they were working on their promised power management toggle and that it was on schedule to be released in the future iOS 11.3 beta version in February.

Apple’s full statement is as follows:

About a year ago, we delivered a software update that improves power management during peak workloads to avoid unexpected shutdowns on certain iPhones with older batteries. We know that iPhones have become an important part of the daily lives of our customers and our intention was to improve the customer experience. 

We sought to further improve the customer experience in December by announcing a significant discount on replacement batteries for certain iPhones. We also announced that we began developing a new iOS feature to show battery health and which would recommend when the user should consider replacing their battery.

These actions were taken to further assist our customers and help extend the life of their iPhones. In addition, users will be able to see if the power management feature is being used to prevent unexpected shutdowns and turn it off if they so choose. These features will be included in a developer release next month and a user releases this Spring.

As we told our customers in December, we have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades. Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love. Making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that.

We have received questions from some government agencies and we are responding to them.”

Also, Apple has recently added the ability to “Reserve a Battery” on their support website in Canada. This system isn’t available anywhere else yet, but it’ll allow customers with an iPhone 6 or newer to reserve a battery and have Apple contact them as soon as it’s available at a location closest and most convenient to them.


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