You can turn off Apple’s intentional slowdown on older iPhones with a new iOS update

Posted:  January 18, 2018   By:    13 comments   

A couple of weeks ago, Apple had admitted that they were intentionally slowing down older iPhones with a bad battery. That had created a furore as it was perceived by some as a way to get existing users to upgrade to their latest iPhone.

According to Apple, the move was necessary to prevent sudden iPhone shutdowns and to squeeze as much battery life from a faulty battery. Those affected can regain their full performance by swapping their iPhone battery for a new one. As a gesture of goodwill, Apple has offered discounted battery replacements for the iPhone 6 and above.

In an interview with ABC News, Apple CEO, Tim Cook, has shared that there will be a new iOS update which will give users the visibility of the health of their iPhone battery. It will be transparent and users will be aware that Apple is reducing their iPhone performance to avoid unnecessary shutdowns.

He added that if you don’t want this, you can turn it off. Apple won’t recommend it but it will be an option for users to disable the slowdown. You can watch Tim Cook’s explanation in the video below around the 4:30 mark.

To have this option is good news and you can soon force your old iPhone to run at full speeds regardless of the condition of your battery. Most importantly it keeps their users informed about what’s going on with their iPhone. The disable throttling option is expected to be released with their developer beta in February and it could be available as a final public release sometime in March.

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In the meantime, if you plan to replace your current iPhone battery, it will cost you RM129 in Malaysia inclusive of labour charge and GST. It is available at Machines and Switch service centres.


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13 Comments for You can turn off Apple’s intentional slowdown on older iPhones with a new iOS update


But disabling the slowdown could result in shorter battery life or unexpected shut down.

Then the folks who experienced this will be upset and wanna sue apple again


    1 hit button to slow down iphone
    2 check the box ' accept terms and conditions bullcrap ' box
    3 enjoy the sluggish iphone

    apple win, u lose, again.

uh huh

All these won't be an issue if they just put a bigger battery on that thing from day 1, like anything over 3000mAh. So if the battery loses 10% of its capacity after 1 year then it will still have 2700mAh of capacity. That's still more capacity than what they have on their current iPhone 8 Plus out of the box. Just corporate excuses in my opinion.


    Why put bigger batteries when you can fool those sheep into buying a new one.. hehehehe

    *Once a wallhugger, forever a wallhugger


    Ya why not say 4000 5000 and more , the issue is that simple, change your freaking battery just like your car battery , solved

    Kesian lol ppl, inborn bodokambing forever bodokambing


      Oh wow. So daring, can only talk trash in the comment behind a hidden alias. haha. Anyways, Mr obnoxious, there are phones with bigger batteries out there. Why should consumers trouble themselves with having to change their batteries at a shorter life cycle when a solution exists?


        Now you know why Apple take 5 to 7 days to replace battery. Hire monkey can do faster. Overpaid dedak eaters.


        the point is doesnt matter how much mah u have for a battery all fking batteries will eventually reach their life span its just a matter of time, increasing the capacity of the battery could only 'prolong' the problem, it is not even a solution but just a donkey like you think it is a smart idea that big company engineers couldnt thought of, you will still need to fking change the battery just like your car, what so fking hard to understand?

        uh huh + lol + hakim + whoever like your comment all sama2 inborn stupid LEL, no wonder forever stay at here keep posting butthurt comments


          So, Mr engineer, do elaborate on how having a bigger capacity battery will "prolong" the problem? Besides having a heavier phone you have such ignorant logic. I wasn't aware that my mother was a donkey. Should you get your head checked perhaps? or maybe finish schooling cause your grammar was a bit off or maybe more so? "forever stay at here keep posting butthurt comments" wait, isn't it you who's been doing this? haha. *clapping*


          your question on first paragraph and statement on scd even contradict yourself, whats the point if you dont understand shits about simple theory of a battery but just want to simply reply for god's sak?. why would donkey like you give a shit about grammar (lmao bodokambing just learnt english and think himself very good already, stupid genius wannabe always got this pattern) when you cant even get fact right? kesian thats why i say youre one of the katak, no future


          Because it's heavier? wow.. even woman with much bigger phones do not complain. You must be really weak, physically. It's alright, try not to get butthurt by that. Rather than enchanting us further with your really broken English, as entertaining as that is, why not give us your real identity? What's your name? Shall we meet? I'm a friendly guy, let's meet. Or you rather hide and keep babbling preschool nonsense around and keep that tampon on and hide behind your Swan alias. haha.


          Do you have a br*in swan? the main issue other users are arguing is the short lifespan of iphone batteries. If you put a larger battery of 4000mah to e.g iphone 7 plus: it would at least get them another 6-12 months longer lifespan. Would not that be an useful and a desired feature? Apple refused to do so to create built-in obsolescence of their iPhones.


      Swan is well fed with dedak. Kesian parents brought him into this world end up becoming slave for expensive fruit.