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Apple to release software update to resolve iPhone slowdown

Apple to release software update to resolve iPhone slowdown

Last week two beta updates were rolled out, and this fast pace may indicate that iOS 11.2.5 is nearly ready for prime time.

Chief executive Tim Cook announced the throttling feature, which slows down performance to preserve battery life on older devices, will become optional after the tech giant listened to consumers who were angered by the feature.

"When we did put it out, we did say what it was, but I don't think a lot of people were paying attention and maybe we should have been clearer as well", Cook said.

Cook added that the company would also provide information about the current health of a user's battery.

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Apple came under fire for purposefully throttling older iPhone performance because of aged batteries, and the company even admitted to doing it.

The update could also include a new menu that shows users information about their iPhone's battery health. On December 28, Apple issued a public apology to customers over the battery issue and said it has never purposely shortened the life of its products. This tool has been reported to have support for iPhone 5S, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad Pro, and iPod Touch 6. "This hasn't been done before", Cook said.

"We will tell somebody we're slightly reducing your performance by some amount in order to not have an unexpected restart and if you don't want it, you can turn it off". The resulting uproar saw the company accused of deliberately slowing down older devices to encourage users to buy new ones, a practice known as "planned obsolescence". However, the dozens of lawsuits against the company were not dropped and Apple continue to receive public criticism.

Despite introducing the option, Cook has advised iPhone owners not to turn off the throttling feature when the update is released. For those with long message threads spanning months/years, this would be kind of a pity to delete them all, but like we said this is the only fix at the moment.

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