Latest iOS 11.3 beta adds battery health settings

Latest iOS 11.3 beta adds battery health settings

While the company might have done this with good intentions, it faced flak for keeping the users in dark. However, users were largely unaware of this performance throttling, leaving them at times frustrated with slower handsets and no clear way to speed them back up.

Apple has disclosed its upcoming Battery Health feature before its official iOS 11.3 release. This feature is available on all iPhones released after iPhone 6.

Apple is looking at offering customers who bought a new battery for their iPhone a refund, if they made the purchase before the company's recent price cut for new batteries.

This means these newer iPhones have a different performance management system, which "more precisely allows iOS to anticipate and avoid an unexpected shutdown".

The Cupertino-based company has been in all kinds of bother lately, after it was revealed that it knowingly compromised older iPhones by adding performance throttling features to iOS updates. However, in case your phone suffers a sudden shutdown, the slowdown feature will kick-in to prevent such situations in future.

Once disabled, performance management stays off until you explicitly enable it again.

That's when you're likely you're likely to notice your iPhone performing slower than you expect. This will allow users of older iPhones with degraded batteries to enable or disable CPU throttling at will.

To access the settings, you need to navigate to Settings Battery Battery Health (Beta).

When the battery is new and for awhile afterward, the battery is able to support normal peak performance levels, which Apple notes in the Battery Health menu.

Now, let's suppose your phone has suffered an unexpected shutdown.

Maximum Capacity is described as a measure of battery capacity relative to when it was new.

If you don't want Apple to apply "performance management", simply click on the disable icon next to it. After disabling it, the feature can't be turned on again manually. Basically as the battery degrades, power management becomes unstable and can lead to unexpected shutdowns, which is why Apple introduced the throttling feature in the first place.

Users expressed outrage over the company's under-the-table throttling practices, firstly because Apple didn't explicitly inform customers that this would happen eventually, and because a large portion of affected users claim that Apple may be doing this to force users into upgrading to the newest iPhone model.

Responding to the backlash, Apple promptly issued a blanket apology and announced a new battery replacement program wherein impacted users across the board are eligible to receive a new battery for just $29, no questions asked.

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