IPhone Loans? A New Way to Pay Could Be Coming

Apple is mulling refunds to customers who paid full price for battery replacements on older iPhones. FOX 47 News

Apple is mulling refunds to customers who paid full price for battery replacements on older iPhones. FOX 47 News

Apple has rolled out the iOS 11.3.2 beta update for the developers.

Apple has been replacing batteries on older iPhones for $29 since late December, down from the usual $79. Apple the same situations for customers in its official apology on its website, which also announced the company's new battery replacement program. The feature comes as a part of iOS 11.3 Beta.

On a conference call with analysts last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked whether investors should worry about discounted battery replacements cutting into the number of customers who feel the need to upgrade their iPhones. In the letter, Apple said it had known about battery problems caused by a manufacturing defect as early as autumn 2016.

Apple has been very verbose to label this "Beta" within the release so expect things to change, but see what we have.

A year ago in December, Apple conceded that it deliberately slows down iPhones with older batteries to cope up with sudden slowdowns.

For instance, a rating of 100% means that the iPhone's battery is in ideal health, but 79% means that it's not functioning like it used to. A rebate for the small number of customers who paid full price could earn them some good will. If it can't detect your battery status, it will also warn you to replace your battery at an authorised service provider.

The Peak Performance Capability section of the Battery Health feature will also inform users why their iPhone is experiencing unexpected shutdowns. These phones might not even employ processing slowdown as their batteries age because of the hardware updates inside that allow for better performance management. The Company's products and services include iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod, Apple TV, a portfolio of consumer and professional software applications, the iOS and OS X operating systems, iCloud, and a variety of accessory, service and support offerings. Is this the best solution so far from Apple?

"This feature's only intent is to prevent unexpected shutdowns so that the iPhone can still be used", Apple explains.

Upon updating one of these phones to iOS 11.3, you'll notice a new page under Battery in the Settings app. Tap "Battery Health (Beta) and you'll see a page that starts off with a link to more information about how lithium ion batteries work". This assessment is ongoing, allowing more adaptive performance management. Once you disable the performance throttling, it'll stay disabled unless you suffer a shutdown.

In January, Apple it would allow users to use a new UI tool to turn off the power management feature that slows down old iPhones.

Where Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X models go, the company says these are relying on a more "advanced hardware and software design that provides a more accurate estimation of both power needs and the battery's power capability to maximize overall system performance." .

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