Bored – oh so very bored – of your slow iPhone 6? Can't understand why it worked so well once but now takes forever to do stuff?
Apple have some news...
In a statement released on their website, Apple have admitted that a software update introduced last year to prevent unexpected shutdowns actually had the effect of slowing down some older handsets.
iOS 10.2.1 was introduced to 'improve power management' on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone SE. However, feedback from customers soon after revealed these models were subsequently slower than they had been previously.
Apple initially put this down to 'a normal, temporary performance impact' which comes with upgrades, and minor bugs, which they said they had fixed.
However, the tech giant went on to say that they now believe a third factor is the 'continued chemical ageing of the batteries' – i.e. that the upgrade has made them less powerful.
Since the only solutions to this problem are to a) put up with it, b) buy a new battery (for almost £80) or c) upgrade entirely, Apple have a problem on their hands... which they have now tried to rectify.
The grand solution? They've cut the price of their out-of-warranty batteries by $50 which means a replacement battery will now go from £79 to £29 (if the UK discount follows along the lines of that in the US).
They have also said that early next year, they will issue an iOS software update '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'.
Will that be enough? Guess it's up to customers to decide.
'Our customers' trust means everything to us,' Apple concluded. 'We will never stop working to earn and maintain it.'
Alexa Chung, Met Ball 2014