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Apple’s iPhones had gained a reputation (deserved or not) for slowing down once the next iPhone or iOS updates hit the market. This performance hit even extended to the battery, with iPhone 6s and 7 users finding that having slightly older batteries would throttle the performance with no notifications to the users. Users would simply have slower phones for no apparent reason.
After concerns raised by the UK’s Competition and Market’s Authority, Apple has now pledged to make it clear to users if an update is to blame for their slowing hardware. This is so users won’t rush to
According to the UK’s CMA:
Apple will also provide easily accessible information about battery health and unexpected shutdowns, along with guidance on how iPhone users can maximise the health of their phone’s battery. This could help people improve the performance of their own handset after a planned software update by, for example, changing settings, adopting the low power mode or replacing the battery – rather than resorting to having their phone repaired or replaced. The firm has agreed to do this both for current and future iPhones.
We’ll see just how this pans out when Apple releases its iPhone XS and XR successors. To be fair to Cupertino, its previous releases actually made older iPhones faster, so this notification may prove unnecessary.