Apple now lets you choose whether you want to slow down your phone

Jan 18, 2018

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Apple now lets you choose whether you want to slow down your phone

Jan 18, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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After Apple admitted it has been slowing down old iPhones, many users were left furious. Now the company’s doing what it probably should have done much earlier – making the “power management” feature optional.

Apple’s mistake from the beginning was that it didn’t inform users when the “power management” feature was activated on their devices. The feature prevented phones with worn-out batteries from shutting down unexpectedly, but it made them significantly slower. When users found this out, Apple had no other way out but to admit its mistake. Apple explained the purpose of slowing down iPhones and apologized to its users. It also offered $29 battery replacement for a year, as a way of saying sorry. But still, many customers were left disappointed because Apple hadn’t been transparent from the start.

Along with the battery replacement discount, Apple also announced an iOS software update. This is intended to “give users more visibility into the health of their iPhone’s battery.” In other words, users will be able to see if their batteries’ condition is affecting their phones’ performance. In a recent interview, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook confirmed that the feature would be coming to iPhones. Furthermore, users will be able to turn off the “power management” feature, with a warning that it could cause their phones to restart unexpectedly.

As Cook told ABC News, maybe “they weren’t clear” about the power saving feature from the start. He apologized to anyone who thinks “they have some other kind of motivation.” According to Engadget, the developer preview of the new feature will come later this month. It probably won’t take much longer for it to become available to all users. But if you ask me, it should have happened a long time ago. If Apple had been transparent about the feature and made it optional from the start, it could have avoided this whole mess.

[via Engadget, ABC News]

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11 responses to “Apple now lets you choose whether you want to slow down your phone”

  1. Joe De Diego Avatar
    Joe De Diego

    Now like magic everyone with a iphone over 8 months olds wont feel the need to upgrade.

    1. Chris Avatar
      Chris

      Don’t worry, they can still make new software that requires more processing power

    2. Will Bartels Avatar
      Will Bartels

      As I recall, the slow down only impacted iPhone 6 or older, no? Why is it so difficult for people to grasp that a phone almost 4 years old actually IS slow. Are they suppose to design OS around 4 year old technology?

      1. Kalevi Lukko Avatar
        Kalevi Lukko

        Its hard to believe the new OS is so much more demanding from the phones processor. It really is. I had my iPhone 6 running as smooth as butter with the OS 9, but now that I uprdaged to OS 10, it is just painfully slow. And I should remind also that iPhone 6 is not 4 years old tech. The earliest iPhone 6´s are less then 3,5 years.

  2. Chris Decker Avatar
    Chris Decker

    Just stop buying Iphones. It kills me that people complain about them but still go spend hundreds now thousands of dollars on them. Ive had an iPhone and a samsung. The samsung had way better specs and they were the same year. No stupid charger changes and headphone jacks missing. But man do people really love their branding.

  3. Lee Ballard Avatar
    Lee Ballard

    Psssst. ‘*done’ ?

  4. Nerred Nermin Avatar
    Nerred Nermin

    rember samsung s5, after second upgrade. slow down. becouse s6 was on the door.

  5. Martin Gillette Avatar
    Martin Gillette

    What’s the up side of having your phone slowed down?

    1. Tom Connor Avatar
      Tom Connor

      Longer battery life.

    2. David Campbell Avatar
      David Campbell

      Not just battery life. Overdraw can create unstable voltage and cause the phone to operate unpredictably or shutdown suddenly. Also it could potentially heat the battery past the safe operating range, causing it to burst and possibly catch fire.

  6. MiamiC70 Avatar
    MiamiC70

    Apple “will soon” let you…
    Apple “now” has not changed shit get your facts straight.