Recently Optimus IT Solutions Edinburgh clients have been asking us regarding the due to recent controversy surrounding Apple slowing down older iPhones with degraded batteries. In his recent interview with ABC News, Tim Cook announced that future iOS update will give users more insight into the state of their battery. Moreover, the forthcoming update will give users the option to disable the throttling to maintain normal CPU performance, but will be at risk of unexpected shutdowns.
In its public apology letter regarding iPhone slowdown debacle, Apple described the update in the following way:
Early in 2018, we will issue an iOS software update with new features that give users more visibility into the health of their iPhone’s battery, so they can see for themselves if its condition is affecting performance.
This implied additional features of the battery screen in iOS settings to include more information about the iPhone’s battery health and whether the phone is being affected by Apple’s advanced power management throttling.
There was no mention of the option to disable battery throttling so either Tim Cook misspoke or he is sharing new details.
The new feature will make a lot of users happy who have openly asked for the ability to use their iPhone at full speed knowing that it increases the likelihood of their device randomly turning itself off if the battery cannot provide enough instantaneous voltage.
Apple will not recommend users disable the throttling as it may mean that they will not be able to use their device in emergency situations.
A developer beta in February probably means a public release of this update will be available in March.