Thursday Apple Rumors: Apple May Be Developing Better Batteries

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Lithium-ion becomes less capable after hundreds of charges, which can result in phones randomly shutting down.

According to the spokesperson, the company released a feature past year for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE that is created to "smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down".

Apple said its iOS 11.2 software updates for the iPhone 6, 6S, SE and 7 are created to "smooth out" peak power demands, prevent these surprise shutdowns and ultimately prolong the lifespan of the older batteries. It slows down devices, when needed, to keep them functional. We have now extended this feature to the iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2 and we plan to add this feature to other products in the future.

If you've ever felt that you iPhone is getting slower in its old age, you're not insane.

Apple has responded to the allegations on this subject on the site techno The Verge: "Our goal is to offer the best experience to our customers, both at the level of the performance and lifetime of their device".

Not everyone was happy with Apple's explanation, or the fact that the company called slowing down its products a feature. The processors in those devices wanted to hit faster speeds, but their batteries couldn't handle the demand, prompting some phones to simply switch themselves off. "Couldn't figure out why, but just thought that iOS 11 was still terrible to me. When your battery is degrading, you have the choice of either living with a slightly slower operation of the phone, or changing the battery", he said. That, on top of choices like new, backwards-incompatible charging ports and the removal of headphone jacks, makes people wary of planned obsolescence and being pushed to continually upgrade, and Apple's battery management measures aren't helping things.

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Although Apple didn't release any statement at the time, the issue came to the forefront again when the iPhone 7 received the iOS 11.2 update.

Apple is fortunate to be the software maker and hardware maker here, will be interesting to see what tests are conducted on other phones.

Bogdanovich and Speas, represented by the Los Angeles-based Wilshire Law Firm, argued that Apple never asked them for permission to install this feature and did not give them the option to choose or bargain a way to turn off the feature.

The batteries may need to be serviced or recycled, according to the company.

On Slate, technology writer Will Oremus said Apple's secrecy allowed conspiracy theories about planned obsolescence to thrive.

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