Apple faced heavy criticism approximately a year ago when it revealed that firmware updates had an effect on iPhone performance of older generation, citing them as a power control feature that would compensate for battery degradation over time.
On Wednesday, after Apple’s admission of practice, the UK Competition and Markets Authority started an investigation. The investigation has concluded that Apple is now bound to disclose when a future firmware update will adjust the speeds of processors. The UK gave its final statement.
“To ensure compliance with consumer law Apple has formally agreed to improve the information it provides to people about the battery health of their phones and the impact performance management may have on their phones.”
Although this has been revealed by Apple in a firmware update, the UK Government says that Apple is now legally responsible for revealing whether an update could affect a device’s performance.
By early 2018, performance reports over time have proved the sluggishness of Apple devices, particularly on iPhone 6 and 6S, during their life. This led Apple to explain that this was done deliberately and why. Apple explained that over time, degrading batteries will prevent the CPU from inadvertently shutdown iPhones and call it a “future”, because of the low battery voltages on the phone.
Taking a look at a few class-action lawsuits, Apple agreed to release a $29 battery replacement program that will help users get a battery replacement at a discount.
In a new battery health setting, Apple introduced a way to disable the performance compensation feature with iOS 11.3. Thus, if you want to disable the performance adjustment, you will be able to do that.