Apple's new Battery Health featured in iOS 11 beta

Posted February 10, 2018

This allows users to monitor the battery life for their smartphone.

iOS will start slowing down when the battery capacity drops below 80% which will usually take roughly, 2 years or after 500 charge cycle. However, since several users were made to purchase new batteries for the old price of $79, Apple has confirmed that it will issue rebates to all such consumers.

The Washington Post reported Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee, also sent a letter to Apple asking for more information.

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However, apple responded to it saying that the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X all have undergone "hardware updates" that in turn aids for a better performance management system.

Critics, however, claimed that Apple this forced slowdown of older Apple products was to prompt users to upgrade to a newer iPhone model. The financial press has been ripe with stories of disappointing sales of the iPhone X, pending production cuts, and slowing growth.

iOS 11.3 is one of the most significant iOS software updates Apple has ever released, and it's not even a full numbered upgrade.

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In response to the controversy surrounding Apple admitting that it slows down the processor speed of older iPhones when their batteries degrade to the point that they're no longer able to deliver peak performance, the company has added the ability for users to toggle throttling on and off. With your iPhone connected to the Mac running coconut Battery, you get access to metrics about your iPhone that can help you determine if it's worth spending $29 on a new battery.

With iOS 11.3 installed on your iPhone, there's a new section on the Battery Settings page that details your battery's health. In the past, many iPhone X a weird buzzing sound was coming out of the phone's ear speaker. However, the only benefit I'd get from a battery replacement right now is increased lifespan since the device isn't being throttled. The third-party software you need is called coconut Battery, and you need a Mac because there's no Windows/Linux version of the software available. For now, this update only applies to the iPhone SE, 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, 7, and 7 Plus. However, if your iPhone does randomly shut down due to battery health and performance issues, this feature will automatically enable itself once again to prevent future shutdowns.

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