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apple s new ios update to give users more control

Apple's new iOS update to give users more

control over iPhone battery

Apple Inc's move on Wednesday to give iPhone owners information about the

health of their batteries reverses the company's longstanding refusal to make

such information available directly on iPhones and iPads, even though battery

health has long been easy to check on Apple's Mac computers.

Apple said an update to its iOS operating system will show the phone's battery

health and recommend whether the battery needs to be replaced. It will also let

users turn off a controversial piece of software that slows the phone's

performance in some situations when the battery is flagging.

apple acknowledged in december that its software

Apple acknowledged in December that its software sometimes deliberately slows

phones with weak batteries. Apple apologised and lowered the price of battery

replacements in its stores from $79 to $29 for affected phones.

Critics say Apple has obfuscated the fact that a worn-out battery not only fails to

hold a charge, it also degrades the phone's performance. The company's lack of

transparency on the issue has pushed people to buy a new phone rather than a

new battery, these people say.

"The battery wears out," said Kyle Wiens, chief executive of iFixit, which publishes

repair guides for iPhones and sells replacement parts. "They have been

pretending like the battery doesn't wear out. They've made billions of dollars on

that pretense."

Apple has always banned battery-health apps from the App Store for security

reasons.

While a few developers had found ways around the restrictions, their apps

stopped showing a key piece of information - the "charge cycle count," or how

many times the battery has been drained and recharged - after a 2016 software

update.

Rogerio Hirooka of Lirum Labs said his company's app lost charge cycle counts in

2016 but can still provide information on charge capacity, which can be used to

determine whether the battery is at the end of its life. He said a routine bug-fix

for the app was rejected by Apple in December, just before Apple acknowledged

the battery-slowing issue.

Apple rejected his app because it provides "potentially inaccurate diagnostic

functionality" that could "mislead or confuse your users," according to documents

from the app review process seen by Reuters. Apple explains that "there is no

publicly available infrastructure to support

publicly available infrastructure to support iOS diagnostic analysis," according to

the documents.

Apple declined to comment on why battery diagnosis is available on the Mac but

not on the iPhone, or why it rejected the update to Hirooka's app.

"That fact that they tell you (battery health) on the Mac but it's a forbidden secret

on the iPhone is crazy," Wiens said.

All lithium-ion batteries degrade over time. Until the software update announced

Wednesday becomes available - and Apple has not given a specific date - the only

way to check an iPhone battery is to take the device to an Apple Store or hook the

phone up to a Mac computer running special third-party software.

Repair advocates have long criticized Apple and other technology companies for

making batteries hard for users to access and replace. Apple has been lobbying

against "right to repair" laws in several U. S. states that would require it to sell

parts to independent repair shops.

Article By - Business Standard