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iPhone Forced Slowdowns: Users Have an Answer

The days of Apple slowing down iPhones to prevent battery shutdowns are coming to an end. [Last week], Apple released the newest iOS 11.3 version for its iPhones and iPads, which includes expanded battery settings that allow users to check their battery health and turn off Apple’s default slowdown setting.

The new battery health settings are offered for phones between iPhone 6 and iPhone 7. IPhones 8 and X will not have the settings, according to Apple.

Apple received a firestorm of criticism in December after admitting that the company did indeed slow down aging batteries to prevent iPhones from unexpectedly shutting down. Apple apologized repeatedly for setting the slowdown as the default. The Cupertino tech giant said that it notified users in advance and that the slowdown of older iPhones was not a ploy to pressure users into upgrading to a newer model, known as planned obsolescence.

“When we did put it out, we did say what it was, but I don’t think a lot of people were paying attention,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a televised interview with ABC in January. “Maybe we should have been clearer as well, and so we deeply apologize for anybody that thinks we had some kind of other motivation.”

In addition, Apple has been offering $29 out-of-warranty battery replacements for iPhones as old as iPhone 6 from January until the end of the year. Normally worth $79, the battery replacements are creating long wait times at Apple stores, and some analysts believed that may be affecting iPhone sales.

Since its admission of the battery slowdown, Apple has received heavy scrutiny from governments around the world, including the United States, and from litigious iPhone users. More than 40 lawsuits, many of them seeking class action status, were filed against Apple because of the slowdown.

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