Next Apple update will enable users to opt-out of iPhone slowdown

  • Next Apple update will enable users to opt-out of iPhone slowdown

Next Apple update will enable users to opt-out of iPhone slowdown

The phone-slowing feature was supposed to help prevent sudden phone shutdowns for iPhones with older batteries, which would sometimes happen when the batteries were low on charge.

The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office declined to comment when asked if it would launch an investigation into Apple following the complaint from the consumer group.

Apple has also faced scrutiny on Capitol Hill.

Apple announced today that it will be investing $350 billion in the USA economy over the next five years, creating more than 20,000 jobs. The advocacy group, Citizens United for Consumer Sovereignty, is accusing Apple of destruction of property and fraud.

Apple has repeatedly denied it engages in planned obsolescence.

The next iPhone iOS update will give users the option to decide for themselves if they'd like their iPhones to slow down and save battery life.


"We will tell somebody we are reducing your performance by some amount in order to not have an unexpected restart, and if you don't want it, you can turn it off", Cook said in the ABC News interview.

"I have that faith - that it will be used for great objective for the country", said Cook, "whether that's infrastructure or education, or what have you, that will further supply jobs in the U.S". The group also represents 120 plaintiffs in a separate civil damage suit filed earlier this month.

It is unclear whether the South Korean government will act on the complaint, according to Reuters.

In a message to customers back in December, Apple acknowledged that it had "let down" some customers and apologised.

Both companies are suspected of infringing four articles of the country's consumers' code and will face multimillion-euro fines if found guilty.

Apple has added that as part of its next update, expected in March, it will give users the option to turn off the feature that slows down the older handsets.

On Dec. 28, a week after Apple first admitted to the slowdown, the company apologized and offered cheaper battery replacements.

The firm has already reduced the price of any out-of-warranty iPhone 6 or later battery replacements, by more than half. The Apple CEO says the update will be released to developers in February. "This hasn't been done before".