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Apple Introduces Battery Health Feature and Lets Users Optimize their iPhone's Performance

07 February 2018

Apple has seen "strong demand" for replacement iPhone batteries and may offer rebates for consumers who paid full price for new batteries, the company said in a February 2 letter to United States lawmakers made public on Tuesday.

Apple Inc has seen "strong demand" for replacement iPhone batteries and may offer rebates for consumers who paid full price for new batteries, the company said in a February 2 letter to USA lawmakers made public on Tuesday.

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Most of these are simple quality of life improvements that are built for accessibility and general stability without being too ground-breaking, but the battery health monitoring portion is rather sizeable. At the heart of the issue is decreased battery peak power in addition to a decrease in capacity, reducing the peak power levels available to the iPhone. In case everything's fine and your battery's capacity is full, you'll see this message: "Your battery is now supporting normal peak performance". Measured on a scale beginning with 100%, Maximum Capacity tells you how much of the battery's capacity remains compared with when the battery was new. The Battery Health screen will also direct users to get a replacement battery if this is the case.

It looks like Apple is exploring other means of managing battery degradation on the iPhone; although there is no telling what that means. This makes sense as according to Apple, performance management has been enabled on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus devices. If it can, it'll truck along with normal performance and you shouldn't notice any slowdown. The other little nugget of information concerns the Peak Performance Capability.

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"Sometimes the screen does not turn on, and this problem can last for a few seconds or remains permanent until I do a forced reboot", another wrote on the forum. John Thune, in response to questions about the company's practice of slowing down older iPhones as their batteries age. Apple does not dive into details as to what exactly these "hardware updates" constitute, but presumably it is something that they will be applying to future iPhones as well.

"All iPhone models have basic performance management to ensure that the battery and overall system operates as designed and internal components are protected". Such basic performance management is required for safety and expected function, and can not be turned off.

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Additionally, users can see if the performance management feature that dynamically manages maximum performance to prevent unexpected shutdowns is on and can choose to turn it off.

Apple Introduces Battery Health Feature and Lets Users Optimize their iPhone's Performance