News: New iOS Update Will Tell You More About Your iPhone's Battery Health & Turn Off Slowdown

New iOS Update Will Tell You More About Your iPhone's Battery Health & Turn Off Slowdown

Update 1/17: Tim Cook chimed in about the upcoming iOS upgrade with expanded battery health data. We'll expand on that below.

Today, Apple announced that they'd be dropping the price of their battery replacement by $50, from $79 to $29. While this will help ailing consumers' hardware issues, Apple will also be pushing out an iOS update in 2018 with "new features that give users more visibility into the health of their iPhone's battery, so they can see for themselves if its condition is affecting performance."

While Apple has yet to release the exact details regarding this update, it should provide more insight than the "Your iPhone battery may need to be serviced" warning that currently pops up on older phones.

Apple claims they'll give users "new features" to monitor their batteries, but they aren't exactly the most likely company to put more power in the peoples' hands. They also don't claim this update will improve battery life or performance, so we shouldn't expect it to be anything other than diagnostic in nature.

It would be nice if the new update let us see a percentage or some other form of analytic data about our battery health, but let's not get ahead of ourselves — for all we know, it could simply be a more detailed version of the message seen above in the second screenshot. In the meantime, it's easy enough to test your battery health on your own.

As for the battery replacement deal, Apple will be offering the service for only $29 from late January 2018 until December 2018. This applies if your device is out of warranty, and it covers iPhone 6 models or newer.

Apple is reducing the price of an out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacement by $50 — from $79 to $29 — for anyone with an iPhone 6 or later whose battery needs to be replaced, starting in late January and available worldwide through December 2018.

Update: Tim Cook Responds

Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed the iPhone battery issue in an interview with ABC News today. The two biggest developments with this story were a new timetable for the update and a possible settings toggle that will disable performance throttling even if your battery's health is poor.

Cook said we can expect the iOS update to come as a developer preview build early next month with a public update to be released soon after. He also mentioned that users will be able to manually disable any performance throttling that may take place as a result of poor battery health.

It's possible that Cook mistook the battery health feature for the aforementioned throttling toggle, in which case we'd only be getting more information about our phones' battery health in the upcoming update. That remains to be seen, but we'll be eagerly anticipating the update until then.

What do you think about this new planned update? Are you looking forward to being able to see more information about your battery's health? Let us know in the comments below.

Cover image via Gauthier DELECROIX/Flickr

3 Comments

I bought the iPhone 5S one year ago, and updated to the 5SE last month. Throttling the battery, or the battery, has NOTHING to do with the real problem. The 5S battery was reduced due to the new IOS to a charge lasting only 4 hours, and PUTTING IN A NEW BATTERY in last month to use it like an iTouch did NOT solve the problem. The new 5SE I have had the A9 processor, and the 5S has the A7 processor. This battery throttle thing is all a lie! Apple produced an O/S where the older phones that have lower than the A9 cannot handle the new O/S, it is literally burning up, heating up the older iPhone. Did they do this on purpose to make you buy a new iPhone...you bet they did!

You know how you KNOW what I am saying is the Truth? You KNOW it is the Truth when Apple cuts off your ability to go back to the older IOS! That would fix all problems!!! Then to lie like this? Come on,,,!

You know how else to KNOW I am telling the Truth? AntutuBenchmark my 5s, with the A7 is Benchmarking at 56k, like the 5s iPhone has always Benchmarked at. My 5SE with the A9 is Benchmarking at 126k, as it always has, and should be at. There is no "throttling the performance of the phone to save the battery," happening AT ALL!

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