Highly unlikely, it seems. As recently reported by the folks at 9to5Mac, the 2017 iPhone models (the iPhone X, the iPhone 8, and the iPhone 8 Plus) happen to have received specific hardware updates that facilitate more effective battery power management tools that should minimize the occurrence of random battery shutdowns.
In response to questions asked by Senator John Thune regarding its deliberate slowing down of the processing speed of old iPhone models, Apple has stated through a letter that it is exploring the idea of offering rebates to iOS mobile users who paid for the full cost of replacing the battery of their iPhone units.
According to a recent report published by Bloomberg, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may be currently investigating Apple’s use of a software update in slowing down the processing speed of certain old iPhone models starting late last year. The federal investigation is said to be in its initial stages, and the talk is that the US government has also proceeded to requesting information from Apple itself.
Just this week, Apple has announced that it is planning to soon roll out an update to its iOS mobile operating system that will give owners of old iPhone models the freedom to deactivate the software that slows down the processing speed of their iPhone units. Beginning last month, the tech giant had drawn flak from its users after it had fully admitted that it was indeed intentionally slowing down iPhone models in order to protect the devices’ batteries.
Shortly before the holidays began, Apple faced a controversy for shutting down older iPhone models. The issue first came about on Reddit after users complained their iPhones were performing slower than before. John Poole (of Primate Labs) then ran benchmark tests on both the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 7, which revealed that Apple was indeed slowing down these devices through various iOS updates.
According to Mark Moskowitz, an analyst from Barclays Capital, the recent backlash that Apple has been receiving these past few weeks after admitting that it has been intentionally slowing down the processing of certain old iPhone models could result to fewer iPhone sales this year. And when he said fewer, it could be around 16 million units fewer. The 16 million units not sold should equal about $10.3 billion in lost earnings in 2018.
One can say that Apple has had a rather interesting couple of weeks, so to speak. After reports of numerous old iPhone models slowing down in terms of processing had surfaced in the interwebs last December, the tech giant was compelled to acknowledge that it was indeed deliberately slowing down specific models in order to protect their aging battery (which often caused some units to randomly shut down when they were not charged enough or when used in cold weather).
As indicated in its official blog, iFixit has decided to formally lower the pricing of its iPhone battery replacement kits to just $29, effectively matching the $29 price being charged by Apple in order to replace batteries of old iPhone units that Apple has slowed down. For those still not in the know, earlier this week Apple had issued an official apology for slowing down the processing speed of some old iPhone models in order to prevent them from randomly shutting down whenever the battery is not charged enough or when used in cold climates.
A little more than a week ago, Apple had admitted that it was intentionally slowing down older iPhone models. According to the tech giant, it was doing so in order to prevent battery problems (and potentially worse issues later on). By slowing down earlier models, the company was basically keeping them from shutting down randomly, especially when they are not sufficiently charged, or used in lower temperatures.
According to noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, an improved TrueDepth camera system will cause Apple to put ever bigger capacity batteries in future iPhone models. In a research note, Kuo explained that the bigger batteries will likely debut a couple of years from now, as reported by Mac Rumors.
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