Apple: iPhone X, 8, 8 Plus Received “Hardware Updates” To Better Handle Battery Problems
Apple is having a bit of a rough time of late, especially when it comes to battery life and performance. We all know that Apple has started offering discounted replacement batteries to those impacted by its decision to throttle devices if the batteries are found to be degraded, and now Apple has confirmed that the new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X have “hardware updates” that should prevent similar battery issues befalling them in the coming years.
Furthermore, it would seem Apple is considering offering a rebate to those who paid full price for a replacement battery ahead of its decision to discount them to $29.
Starting out with its most current hardware, Apple responded to questions from Senator John Thune (R-SD) in a letter that was today made public, and it says that the throttling features added to older phones are not necessary on the new releases thanks to those hardware changes, allowing for improved performance management from day one.
iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X models include hardware updates that allow a more advanced performance management system that more precisely allows iOS to anticipate and avoid an unexpected shutdown.
That is obviously good news for those with brand new iPhones, but what about those who have already paid full price – $79 – for a replacement battery in an older iPhone recently? Apple also confirmed to Thune that it is considering rebates for those customers who stumped up the original price. Thune’s letter to Apple had outright asked whether this had been something on Apple’s radar.
Has Apple explored whether consumers who paid the full, non-discounted price for a replacement batter in an effort to restore performance should be allowed to seek a rebate for some of the purchase price?
In its response, the company said “yes, we are exploring this and will update you accordingly,” via a response from Apple’s vice president for public policy Cynthia Hogan. Apple has reduced the price of replacement batteries from $79 to $29 for the whole of 2018.
Earlier today, Apple released iOS 11.3 beta 2 which features new “Battery Health” feature, allowing those with older iPhones and degraded batteries to disable or enable CPU throttling at will.