Apple has faced a lot of trouble over its performance throttling issue during the past couple of months and the Cupertino based tech giant has been unable to deal the situation. So far, the company is facing dozens of class action lawsuits in the US and outside. Now the company claims that the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X might not need to significantly slow down their processors as their batteries age to avoid random shutdowns.
Last week, Apple came under scrutiny again when the US Justice Dept. and SEC started the investigation over performance throttling in older iPhones. Meanwhile, Senate committee investigation is also underway, where Senator John Thune (R-SD) has asked some questions to the Cupertino giant. Apple has responded to some of the questions of the senator. Apple claims that the newest models have “hardware updates” that give better performance management in the first place.
In a letter responding to questions from Senator, Apple said,
“[The] iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X models use a more advanced hardware and software design that provides a more accurate estimation of both power needs and the battery’s power capability to maximize overall system performance. This allows a different performance management system that more precisely allows iOS to anticipate and avoid an unexpected shutdown. As a result, the impacts of performance management may be less noticeable on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. Over time, the rechargeable batteries in all iPhone models will diminish in their capacity and peak performance and will eventually need to be replaced.”
This makes it clear that Apple won’t introduce any type of software update for newer iPhone models, to intentionally slow them down. This appears to be a reasonable move for the Cupertino giant to take at this crucial point.
As a refresher, Apple introduced a $29 battery replacement as compensation that will speed up the things again. But that program also didn’t end pleasantly. So far, two of the iPhones caught fire while receiving battery replacement treat at two separate Apple’s stores. Moreover, Apple’s CEO has announced a software update which will enable iPhone owners to monitor the health of the battery.