It only took a scandal blowing up in its face and getting hit with more than 20 different lawsuits, but it seems at long last, Apple will finally give people the option to disable the performance throttling that was slowing down older iPhones.
This news was revealed in an interview between Apple CEO Tim Cook and ABC News, during which Cook said that in addition to being able to disable the throttling, Apple will also for the first time provide stats and info about the current health of a user’s iPhone battery.
While there isn’t a specific timetable for when the new features will be released, Cook said they will be available for testing in a developer release of iOS next month, before going public sometime after that.
For those who choose to disable the performance throttling, Cook was quick to mention that it’s not something Apple recommends, as old, degraded batteries can cause the phone to suddenly shut down. Though after these changes, at least that decision will be up to you. And if you really want to address the problem, it would probably be wise to take Apple up on its reduced battery replacement service, the price of which has been cut from £79 to £29 for the rest of 2018.
The rest of the interview focused on Apple’s repatriation of foreign revenue, which Cook claims will bring $38 billion (£27 billion) back to the US and is part of the company’s plans to spend $350 billion (£252 billion) in the US over the next five years. Cook also mentioned that Apple is currently searching for the site Apple will build its third campus, which will be located in a different state than its current California and Texas locations. [ABC News via 9to5Mac]