Apple has faced a lot of bad press recently following the revelation that it intentionally slowed down older iPhone models without telling anyone. It was intended to ensure that aging batteries could keep up with newer mobile OSes and to avoid crashes.
Users weren't impressed, though, and Apple responded quickly with a battery replacement discount for the whole of 2018.
During an interview with ABC News yesterday, Tim Cook said Apple is now going a step further. As part of a February iOS update, iPhone users will be able to view a detailed breakdown of the health of their battery, including what performance hit Apple has decided is required to ensure your phone keeps working properly. The idea is that complete transparency on the feature will stop any further complaints or upset.
The new update doesn't stop there, though. If a user isn't happy with their iPhone taking a performance hit, there will be the option to turn it off. Cook says Apple does not recommend taking this action because it can make the behavior of an iPhone unpredictable and it could crash. Making the option available, though, means users don't have to endure it if it really irks them.
I suspect anyone choosing that option will be presented with a big on-screen warning before it is disabled. How many choose to take the risk will depend on the way Apple decides to present the battery health information to the user. Those who opt to disable it will likely be the ones who are seeing a big performance hit and can't afford the money or hassle of getting a replacement battery.
Battery replacements for older iPhones are currently $29, down from $79. Don't forget that iFixit offers iPhone battery replacements, too, and they can be fitted at home.