Apple Releases Official Statement on iPhone Battery Life
Apple just issued an official statement regarding the performance of iPhone batteries in the older models of their phones. Users started experiencing a significant slowdown in their iPhones whenever there would be a new iOS or iPhone released on the market. Conspiracy theorists hypothesize that this is one of Apple’s tricks to get consumers to trash their current phone and buy the newest iPhones. Interestingly, this news surfaced and shocked concerned iPhone users a few weeks after the release of the iPhone X in the Philippine market.
This led users to believe that this particular conspiracy theory is the only possible explanation for the slowdown of their iPhones while prompting others to boycott Apple for good.
On December 28, 2017, Apple released their official statement on the news surrounding their iPhones. Apple’s official statement included the explanation behind the diminishing performance of the older iPhone models’ batteries, how to prevent unexpected iPhone shutdowns, and how they plan to address these concerns by the start of 2018.
Quick look on Apple’s official statement
Apple clarifies that they do not intentionally shorten the battery life of older iPhones. The battery performance is due to the chemical aging of the rechargeable batteries inside the phones.
All rechargeable batteries are consumable components that become less effective as they chemically age and their ability to hold a charge diminishes. Time and the number of times a battery has been charged are not the only factors in this chemical aging process.
Regarding unexpected shutdowns, Apple’s official statement also provides a possible cause for these inconveniences and user-friendly steps on how to resolve them, including new iOS updates.
A chemically aged battery also becomes less capable of delivering peak energy loads, especially in a low state of charge, which may result in a device unexpectedly shutting itself down in some situations.
Some perks for the Apple iPhone user
Cheaper Battery Replacement
Apple does encourage their iPhone users to replace their phone’s battery after years of use. And to help consumers with that, Apple is reducing the prices of battery replacement on out-of-warranty iPhones by $50. This will be available worldwide starting late January up until December 2018, for users of the iPhone 6 and later.
New iOS Update
A new iOS will be available early 2018 to help users view their iPhone battery’s health and performance.
Early in 2018, we will issue an iOS software update with new features that give users more visibility into the health of their iPhone’s battery, so they can see for themselves if its condition is affecting performance.
Read the official statement here.
What are your thoughts on Apple’s official statement?