Apple CEO: ‘Power Management’ feature will be optional in iPhones in future iOS update

In order to give the best customer care and support to iPhone users for the ‘low power throttling’ issue, Apple not only apologised to them in an open letter but also started the battery replacement program. The Cupertino-based company also later confirmed that it will be fixing this issue in future iOS updates. Although nothing much was known as to how the company will do it, Apple CEO Tim Cook has given some details in an interview with ABC News.

Cook said that the power management feature that was introduced in iOS 10.2.1 will be optional in future. This means that iPhone users with future iOS updates will be able to turn it off, disabling the intentional battery slowdown. This comes in addition to other features focussed on the handset’s battery health.

Apple CEO says some of these features will arrive in iOS updates next month (February 2018). “We’re also going to… first in a developer release that happens next month, we’re going to give people the visibility of the health of their battery. So it’s very, very transparent. This hasn’t been done before, but we’ve thought through this whole thing and learned everything we can learn from it,” said Cook.

It was added that, “So we want to do that, and in the situation… and we will tell someone we’re reducing your performance by some amount in order to not have an unexpected restart. And if you don’t want it, you can turn it off. Now we don’t recommend it, because we think people’s iPhones are really important to them, and you never can tell when something is so urgent. Our actions were all in service of the user. I can’t stress that enough.”

For those unaware, Apple was last month found to intentionally throttle down the performance of the iPhones with each iOS update, in order to keep the battery performance consistent. After facing a massive backlash, the firm apologised and started a battery replacement programme. The affected handsets are iPhone 6, 6s, 7, 6 Plus, 6s Plus, 7 Plus, and SE.

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