US Senator Wants Apple To Answer Over Slowing iPhones

Tuesday, 16 Jan, 2018

Four US House Republicans, including the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, wrote Apple Inc chief executive Tim Cook asking him to answer questions about its disclosure that it slowed older iPhones with flagging batteries.

In December Apple publicly acknowledged the performance hit which affects the iPhone 6, 6S, 7 and SE, responding to online complaints that it throttles performance on the older iPhones by saying it was doing so to prolong the life of devices which could suffer unexpected shutdowns because older batteries were not able to handle peaks of processing power.

For some, it was confirmation of a long time internet conspiracy that Apple deliberately slows down old iPhones, forcing people to buy new ones. It also cut battery replacement costs and said it would change its software to show users whether their phone batteries were working well.

Just a couple of days after the French government launched an investigation into Apple's practice of throttling iPhones' performance, the USA government is now interested in learning more about this matter as well. The company also will update its iOS operating system so users can see whether the battery is in poor condition and affecting the phone's performance. But it said the reason wasn't to compel customers to upgrade; it was simply a result of the way Lithium-ion batteries work.

What do they want from Apple?

The report said that after the price of iPhone 7 series decreased, competitiveness of the product was getting evident, especially iPhone 7 Plus with 128G ROM, price of which was lowered under $900 representing over 16 percent discount and in comparison iPhone 7 Plus performed better than iPhone 7, demonstrating that now in China market price may not be the only concern among consumers.

Apple's reasoning was that by hampering performance, it would improve the long-term health of batteries inside its smartphones.

You can also download an iPhone processor speed test to see if your device has been slowed down due to an older battery. If you replace your battery now for $29, you'll have to pay $79 if you ever need a second battery swap on the same phone.