Lawmaker Confronts Apple About iPhone Slowdown

Lawmaker Confronts Apple About iPhone Slowdown

An Apple store was evacuated after an iPhone battery overheated Tuesday, causing a build-up of smoke and left a fix worker who was removing the battery injured.

And the GOP lawmaker is pressing the company to explain how it settled on a $29 battery replacement for iPhone 6 or later - as opposed to offering it for free. "We've now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future".

South Africa's iStore has announced its iPhone battery replacement prices for South Africa, reports Mybroadband.

On Tuesday, an iPhone 6S battery exploded at an Apple Store in Zurich, Switzerland, burning the hand of a repairman who was removing it from the device.

That disclosure played on a common belief among consumers that Apple purposely slows down older phones to encourage customers to buy newer iPhone models.

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More battery woes: Apple now faces 30 class-action lawsuits related to the throttling. The company also apologized for how it has handled performance on iPhones with older batteries and how it has "communicated that process" to the public.

Apple arguably made its problem tougher by apparently deciding to overlook the battery diagnostic test, which previously was the gatekeeper to the $79 replacement program.

The letter asked Apple to provide details on how it notified consumers about the software update, if any, and if there are any compensations with regards to the batteries affected. The company also will update its iOS operating system so users can see whether the battery is in poor condition and affecting the phone's performance. It even launched a battery replacement programme for users around the globe.

If you're still rocking an original 2014-era iPhone 6 Plus, chances are that you're are experiencing reduced performance due to throttling mechanisms that Apple first implemented with iOS 10.2.1. Besides, the battery discount is good through the end of the year so you have nothing to lose.

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