It finally happened. Apple Tim Cook tackled all the scandal of the slow door of the iPhone in a new interview, revealing some important changes that will come to iOS soon, to "fix" permanently the iPhone limit.
Apple will continue to slow down its iPhone in case the operating system considers it necessary to avoid iPhone restarts or closures. That's why I say Apple is "fixing" it. But there is a big difference in how Apple will do it, since it will involve the user throughout the process, through an iOS update. And the best part is that you can not even avoid the slowdown if you want, it's something much cooler than that.
In an extensive interview with ABC News covering Apple's cash repatriation plan, the upcoming investments, but also the slowdown of the iPhone, Cook apologized again with iPhone buyers:
] About a year ago, we released a code that basically does what it does … all batteries age over time and become unhealthy at a point in time and an unhealthy battery has a chance that it will create an unexpected restart.
And so you can imagine if you are making an emergency call or if you are making an important call that is important to you or for a message that you are waiting for, or want to capture that fleeting moment with your camera … we always we focus on the user experience. So, the heart of any decision we make is the user. We thought it would be better to take something away from the performance to prevent it from happening.
When we said it, we said what it was, but I do not think many people were paying attention and maybe we should have been clearer too. And then we apologize deeply for anyone who thinks we have some other kind of motivation. Our motivation is always the user. The user is the center of everything we do.
He also acknowledged that Apple should have been clearer about these slowdowns, as seen in the previous transcript, through MacRumors .
He then promised that Apple will give users control over how an iPhone with an older battery behaves. That probably means that Apple will add a lever in the battery section of the application Configuration that would allow the user to decide whether the phone will slow down or not:
[We] will tell someone that we are reducing its performance in a certain amount to not have an unexpected restart. And if you do not want it, you can turn it off. Now we do not recommend it because we believe that people's iPhones are really important to them, and you never know when something is so urgent. Our actions were all at the service of the user. I can not emphasize that enough.
But the best of Cook's observations refers to something else that Apple will add to the battery's configuration. It is a health monitor that will allow you to see the status of your battery:
We are also going to … first in a developer version that will take place next month, we will give people the visibility of their health. battery . Then it is very, very transparent. This has not been done before, but we've thought about all this and learned everything we can learn from it.
In my opinion, that's much better than an accelerator change. The batteries get old, and there's nothing we can do with that at the moment. But it would be great to be able to check the battery status of the iPhone, so you can replace it if necessary. A few weeks ago, I said that I did not want the iPhone to be the fastest phone if Apple strangled him in a year, and that I would like to have control of real slowdowns and be informed that the battery needs to be changed. It seems that Apple will offer these features. , and it will happen much sooner than we think.