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Apple will allow users to stop iPhone battery slowdown

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iPhone users are to be allowed to disable the feature slowing down their devices due to aging batteries, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed. The controversial slowdown feature, which caused a number of lawsuits against the iPhone maker, is going to be under user control in the upcoming iOS update.

“We’re going to give people the visibility of the health of their battery so it’s very, very transparent,” Cook stated, adding: “We will tell somebody ‘We’re slightly 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.”

The Cupertino-based company was under a lot of pressure after it was sued in Israel, the United States and France for planned obsolescence.

Apple responded to the accusations by saying that performance of the lithium-ion batteries diminishes over time, which can result in the phone unexpectedly shutting down. “Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, [when they] have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components,” the company said.

The iPhone maker went on to claim it wants customers to use their devices “as long as possible.” To address their concerns, the tech giant offered to reduce the price of out-of-warranty batteries to $29 from $79 for users with an iPhone 6 or older versions.

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