Late last year Apple confirmed that they slowed performance of older devices to protect the aging lithium-ion batteries housed inside of those devices. The revelation caused an uproar and plenty of law suits around the world. Now, Apple is set to make a change. Here’s what you need to know.
Following the uproar and demand for change by countries and users alike, Tim Cook confirmed to ABC News that the company will be rolling out the change very soon. When the next OS update for iOS is released, customers will be able to run diagnostics on their device’s battery and turn off the slowing of performance.
Cook and Apple’s engineers have strongly suggested that users do not turn off the slowing of devices to protect the aging technological comments inside of the phone. The safeguard is put into place and turning it off would lead to a significant increase in random restarts as the device has physical safeguards in place to prevent catastrophic physical damage.
To keep users from turning this safeguard off, Cook and Apple have announced that anyone with an iPhone 6 or later can receive a single battery replacement to keep the device from being slowed down for $29, down from $79. Yes, it is that easy. If you don’t want random restarts and the device’s full performance, take advantage of a battery replacement from Apple anytime through 2018 at the reduced price of $29. This replacement is not dependent on whether your device passes the diagnostic testing that will be available in the next iOS update, but it will be limited to a single upgrade.
The next iOS update is already in the hands of developers and is being tested as we speak. It is safe to say the customers should expect the update to be available sometime in the next few weeks.
If you do not want to wait and would like a battery replacement now, start a service request through Apple.
What are your thoughts about Apple’s decision? Are you going to take advantage of Apple’s cheaper battery replacement? Let myself and other readers know below!