Apple recently acknowledged that it slows the performance of some iPhones because their old batteries are unable to properly power devices. This left many iPhone owners upset and many have files lawsuits alleging that Apple swindled them by failing to disclose that it slows down older iPhones – all in a sneaky attempt to get them to buy newer iPhones.
In response to this, Apple has apologized for how things have been communicated to the public about battery gate, and denied to it “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, and making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that.”
Apple even mentioned the reason for slowing of older iPhones by them. They mentioned it’s all about the batteries. The lithium-ion batteries that power the iPhones weaken over time. “A chemically aged battery also becomes less capable of delivering peak energy loads, especially in a low state of charge, which may result in a device unexpectedly shutting itself down in some situations. Unexpected shutdowns are unacceptable. We don’t want any of our users to lose a call, miss taking a picture or have any other part of their iPhone experience interrupted if we can avoid it.” -Apple quotes. In other words Apple ended up trading performance for reliability!
But not all iPhone models are affected. The battery software update Apple released a year ago affects the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus. The company even plans to extend the update to other products in the future. In response to this, Apple will roll out an iOS software update in the early 2018 with new features that will give users better control over the health of their iPhone’s battery. It will enable users to see for themselves if the battery’s condition is affecting their iPhone’s performance. The update to iOS11 will allow users to turn-off battery performance monitoring feature in their iPhones.
If you don’t want to buy a new phone but still want the battery issue to be resolved, you simply need to schedule an appointment at your nearest Apple store’s Genius Bar to get the battery replaced by a new one. You may even mail your phone to Apple, expect a roughly five-to-nine day wait. In an effort to make nice with the customers, the company has also reduced the price of replacing out of warranty iPhone batteries to $29 from $79.
To make sure your battery has a long and healthy life, if possible avoid cold weather, since that can affect battery performance. Apple says that iPhones are designed to work best at 62⁰ to 72⁰ F (16⁰ to 22⁰ C). Avoid leaving your iPhone out in the sun too, as temperatures over 95⁰ F (35⁰ C) can damage the battery.