Tim Cook Promises to Let iPhone Users Turn Off Throttling Soon

Image: Screencap via ABC News
Image: Screencap via ABC News

It only took a scandal blowing up in its face and getting hit with more than 20 different lawsuits, but it seems at long last, Apple will finally give people the option to disable the performance throttling that was slowing down older iPhones.

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This news was revealed in an interview between Apple CEO Tim Cook and ABC News, during which Cook said that in addition to being able to disable the throttling, Apple will also for the first time provide stats and info about the current health of a user’s iPhone battery.

While there isn’t a specific timetable for when the new features will be released, Cook said they will be available for testing in a developer release of iOS next month, before going public sometime after that.

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For those who choose to disable the performance throttling, Cook was quick to mention that it’s not something Apple recommends, as old, degraded batteries can cause the phone to suddenly shutdown. Though after these changes, at least that decision will be up to you. And if you really want to address the problem, it would probably be wise to take Apple up on its reduced battery replacement service, the price of which has been cut from $79 to $29 for the rest of 2018.

The rest of the interview focused on Apple’s repatriation of foreign revenue, which Cook claims will bring $38 billion back to the US and is part of the company’s plans to spend $350 billion in the US over the next five years. Cook also mentioned that Apple is currently searching for the site Apple will build its third campus, which will be located in a different state than its current California and Texas locations.

[ABC News via 9to5Mac]

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DISCUSSION

I have an iPhone 6s that was stuttering, stalling, and in general performing horribly (even though the apple store said it passed the battery health test). I got a new battery for $30. The phone is a completely different phone and feels brand new.

This confirms that the software was not actually checking the battery’s health before throttling, just either it’s age or number of recharges. Further, it’s totally worth the $30 IMO if your phone has been very slow, as it has some chance of fixing all the problems based on my experience.

Now, really, this should have been free rather than $30, but that’s an argument for a different time.