Published: Sat, January 20, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

South Korean group files charges against Apple for slowing down Iphones

South Korean group files charges against Apple for slowing down Iphones

"We will tell somebody saying we're slightly reducing, or we're reducing your performance by some amount in order to not have an unexpected restart, and if you don't want it, you can turn it off", Cook said. Though its probe is wider as it's also investigating whether Apple rival Samsung has used software updates to slow its phones to drive consumer upgrades - as is alleged.

Apple will release a software update that will allow users to turn off a feature that slows down iPhones when batteries are low on charge, Chief Executive Tim Cook told ABC News.

An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment beyond Cook's remarks or say when the update would be available to consumers.

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. However, it said it would never do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product.

Apple confirmed on December 20 that software in iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE models to deal with dangers from ageing batteries could slow down the phone's performance.

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The practice makes sense to maintain the iPhone's reliability, but it's controversial because people didn't know about it and were likely to buy a new iPhone instead of replacing their older iPhone's battery for much less.

"We're going to give people the visibility of the health of their battery", Cook said.

"Maybe we weren't clear", he said. No further details were shared, but presumably both iOS and macOS devices will receive the update, as both can be affected by the text string in the Messages app. "We deeply apologize for anyone who thinks we have some other kind of motivation".

The bigger question now is will these moves help Apple avoid numerous lawsuits that it's facing because of this fiasco? A release date for the throttling update hasn't been announced but the tech giant's CEO claims the disabling software will go into testing in February.

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