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.
Apple has just released its earnings result for the final quarter of 2017, and the tech giant has managed to register iPhone sales of 77.3 million units. While it is true that 77.3 million units sold is still an impressive figure, it does represent a slight decrease compared to Q4 2016’s sales volume (78.2 million units). And it should be mentioned that the previous year’s 78.2 million iPhone unit sales was a record quarterly haul for Apple.
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.
According to a recent report published by Nikkei, it appears that Apple has already proceeded to letting its suppliers know that it is moving to cut its production target for its iPhone X by half during the first quarter of 2018. The tech giant was originally aiming to produce 40 million units of one of its 2017 flagship devices for the first three months of this year, but has since reduced that target to just 20 million units.
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.
Despite some talk about its possible cancellation later this year (courtesy of another prediction from Apple expert analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities), it can not be denied that the iPhone X had a pretty good holiday season. As a matter of fact, a report recently released by Canalys indicates that there were 29 million units of the iPhone X shipped during the final quarter of last year across the globe, with 7 million of them shipped in China.
AT&T will reportedly soon introduce very generous discounts on a number of old iPhone models via its $45 per month prepaid plan. The talk is that the number two wireless service provider in the United States will be offering the 32 gigabyte edition of Apple’s iPhone 6s at just $344.99 and the 32 gigabyte iPhone 6s Plus for only $444.99.
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