IOS 11.2 Beta Update Brings New Battery Health Feature

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In a five-page letter published Tuesday by tech website The Verge, Apple responded to Thune, revealing a number of revelations about how it was dealing with the battery issue, which has been dubbed #Batterygate. "An Apple Authorized Service Provide can replace the battery to restore full performance and capacity".

6 by the committee, was a response to a set of questions Thune sent on January 9, asking the company about its reimbursement plans and customer service following a revelation that it had deliberately slowed some older iPhone models' performance. The company apologised and lowered the price of battery replacements for affected models from $79 to $29 (Rs. 2,000 in India). As part of its solution, Apple cut its battery replacement program to just $30 instead of $70. The company's admission stoked long-held speculation that Apple slows its devices to drive sales of new models. But some customers purchased them at full price before the discount was in effect. The company also sent a letter in response to Representative Greg Walden, a Republican who chairs the Committee on Energy and Commerce in the US House of Representatives.

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"Additionally, users can see if the performance management feature that dynamically manages maximum performance to prevent unexpected shutdowns is on and can choose to turn it off".

The company is also facing at least 55 lawsuits from customers in the US related to the slowdown, Bloomberg Law data show.

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Thune said that in discussions with the committee "Apple has acknowledged that its initial disclosures came up short". "We are seeing strong demand for it", the company said. Critics, however, claimed that Apple this forced slowdown of older Apple products was to prompt users to upgrade to a newer iPhone model. The company says all rechargeable batteries become less effective as they age, so they are not recommending users are not use or tweak with this feature. The question is whether their eventual slowdowns will be as noticeable as on older iPhone models at the crux of this whole fiasco. The two-week gap between the iOS 11.3 beta 1 and beta 2 gave Apple the chance to address the majority of the problems, and the iOS 11.3 beta 3 update and further releases should just be a series of minor bug fixes and tweaks.

With assistance from Tom Schoenberg (Bloomberg).

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