Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Cory Rios

Sen John Thune quizzes Apple on iPhone battery issue

Sen John Thune quizzes Apple on iPhone battery issue

"Apple told a U.S. senator it is "exploring" whether to offer a rebate to customers who paid full-price for a battery replacement", CNET reported late on Tuesday.

Apple has suggested that performance throttling won't be necessary on newer phones like the iPhone X and iPhone 8, thanks to hardware improvements that allow for "more advanced performance management".

Now, in response to questions raised by a US Senate Committee letter, Apple has hinted that performance throttling could be a thing of the past - without offering any more concrete assurances. Further, Thune also wanted to know if it is so, "what notice" Apple planned to provide to customers beforehand. In theory, they should retain their same performance from update to update.

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has seen "strong demand" for replacement iPhone batteries and may offer rebates for consumers who paid full price for new batteries, the company said in a February 2 letter to USA lawmakers made public on Tuesday. Once it reaches the lowest level, the iPhone will experience a shutdown. According to Apple, this system, allows iOS to better anticipate and avoid the unexpected shutdowns associated with older iPhones.

The new additions to the update were first spotted by 9to5Mac, who notes that alongside battery health monitoring, the second beta offers a new splash screen for the App Store and its Messages in iCloud function now requiring confirmation before deleting message threads. "This power management works by looking at a combination of the device temperature, battery state of charge, and the battery's impedance". Such basic performance management is required for safety and expected function, and can not be turned off.

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Interestingly, this is a change in tone from Apple's original announcement that it slows down iPhones in correlation with battery wear.

Apple has clearly said that they will bring the Hardware updates for the newly launched, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X devices so they will not face such battery and throttling issues in future.

Apple's statement today, however, isn't that explicit.

But as was originally noted, these tools mainly apply to the iPhone 7 and earlier since the iPhone 8 and X are still brand new. Only time will tell, I suppose.

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