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Apple Apologizes for Throttling Phones With Aging Batteries Promises More Transparency and Discounted Replacements

Older batteries are "less capable of delivering peak energy loads, especially in a low state of charge", which can lead to unexpected shutdowns, according to Apple's letter.

Apple apologized to customers in a letter on Thursday after the tech company recently admitted to slowing down aging iPhones in an effort to prevent battery performance issues.

Beginning in January, and lasting through next December, customers with out of warranty iPhones, including the iPhone 6 and later, will be able to purchase a replacement battery for $29 - $50 off the usual price. "We apologize", Apple said on its website on Thursday. It would definitely be interesting if we were to find out that Apple isn't the only company doing this.

"We have never - and would never - do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades", the letter said.

Facing lawsuits and consumer outrage after it said it slowed older iPhones with flagging batteries, Apple is slashing prices for battery replacements and will change its software to show users whether their phone battery is good.

What Apple does is it throttles the CPU of iDevices that have old batteries, in order to prevent situations in which the battery life becomes worse.

The new message goes on to explain how rechargeable batteries age and how the battery's performance changes over its lifespan.

In Apple's confirmation of the "feature" it introduced previous year, it didn't say that this was a common practice in the smartphone industry or anything of that sort. Most of the phones suffering from slower performance were running on their original batteries.

The company will also add new OS features that give customers "more visibility into the health of their iPhone's battery". We're proud that Apple products are known for their durability, and for holding their value longer than our competitors' devices.

In the apology, Apple also breaks down how iPhone batteries age over time. The company also will update its iOS operating system to let users see whether their battery is in poor health and is affecting the phone's performance.

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