Apple CEO Tim Cook opened up that the next update to iOS 11 will permit the users to disable battery performance stopping on their device. The move comes after Apple last month admitted it intentionally slows down iPhones as they get older to prevent issues that may arise as the batteries depreciate.
In the previous month, Apple reduced the price of out-of-warranty batteries for certain iPhones from $79 to $29 after it was scrutinized for allegedly slowing down processors in older phones.
Cook apologized for the incident to the Apple users who believed that the company deliberately slowed the processors down in older models.
He added, “Maybe we weren’t clear,” he said. “We deeply apologize for anyone who thinks we have some other kind of motivation”.
Cook mentioned that the update will arrive next month in a developer release before a wider public rollout. “We’re going to give people the visibility of the health of their battery so it’s very, very transparent,” he says. “This hasn’t been done before.”
Cook also adds the update will more clearly inform users when their iPhone is automatically reducing its performance in an effort to prevent unexpected shutdowns. ‘If you don’t want it, you can turn it off,” Cook added.
Although he maintains that this is not recommended something Apple stands by in its apology letter that addressed consumers after the backlash in December. Apple recently faces numerous class action lawsuits after admitting to intentionally slowing down iPhones.
Apart from this, to increase transparency, the battery’s health will become visible to iPhone users which is a move that Cook claims is unprecedented. Even if the option to throttle the performance is enabled, there will be a clear indication of when this occurs.
The upcoming iOS 11 developer beta is expected in early February, which means a public release will follow sometime in March.