Apple Will Now Tell You When It's Going To Throttle Your iPhone

Yolanda Curtis
May 25, 2019

And although it's unlikely the CMA could slap a fine on Apple that would impact the company's bottom line, the bad publicity such an action would bring is probably something Apple would prefer to avoid.

The CMA first raised its eyebrows at the firm previous year following 2017's iPhone throttling controversy, which saw Apple forced to admit that iOS 10.2.1 was deliberately hamstringing the performance of older iPhones, despite mentioning bug fixes and improvements in the release notes. In addition to upgrades like bilateral wireless charging for AirPods and the more powerful Apple A13 chip, it looks like the 2019 iPhones will focus on camera upgrades.

According to the watchdog group, Apple has now formally committed to notifying users when a software update is expected to impact performance, and it will also provide information on how to improve iPhone battery health.

It also pledged to give guidance on how iPhone users can maximize their device's battery health, such as changing settings, turning on low power mode or replacing the battery. Apple had to go through the dust and offered users who had the battery replaced 60 euros in compensation.

The CMA opened its investigation in early 2018, not long after the throttling issue, often referred to as 'batterygate, ' first developed.

This way users won't feel they need to spend money on having their phone fixed, or by purchasing a whole new device. The firm begins offering battery replacement discounts.

Last March, some 60 lawsuits had been filed by users that claim Apple slowed down older iPhones to make them buy new ones. Apple is expected to announce iOS 13 during this year's WWDC 2019, and then announce the smartphones sometime in September this year, MacRumors reported.

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