If you ask iPhone users what aspect of their phone they want to change or improve one of the most common answer's would be the battery performance. A brand new iPhone performs remarkably well but, like other gadgets, its battery performance gradually slows down over time affecting the overall experience.
Just last year, Apple was caught in a controversy when it did not deny the fact that it slowed down the performance of iPhone's with older batteries. The slowdown, according to the tech company, was needed in order to prevent frequent crashes.
The controversy led to bad publicity for Apple and resulted in numerous cases filed against them by customers who complained that Apple violated their terms of contract. Some customers went on to accuse Apple of deliberately messing with the older iPhone models in order to force customers to upgrade. This accusation, however, was vehemently denied by Apple.
As a response to the issue, Apple issued an apology and lowered the cost of out-of-warranty replacement batteries however the wait time to get yours replace could be weeks. If you are in located in Austin we can replace your iPhone battery the same day usually within 30 minutes.
Apple To Fix The Battery & Speed Issue With An iOS Update
Apple also promised to roll out a software update concerning the health of iPhone batteries. This update hopefully will give users more knowledge as to the health of their phone’s battery. This greater transparency can help customers understand if the declining performance rate of their phone is indeed because of the battery.
True to its promise, Apple has released iOS version 11.3 on 3/29/18 which contains the update regarding the health of iPhone batteries. Under this latest software update, users will be able to see the power management of the controversial update of Apple first introduced in iOS 10.2.1. and the users can choose to turn it off.
The power management feature of the iPhone was originally placed there in order to protect iPhone's with old or weak batteries from having unexpected shutdowns. With iOS 11.3, this feature can be controlled to some extent by the users.
The Future Of iPhone Battery Health
As mentioned above, iOS 11.3 adds a new feature for the device’s battery. If you have already updated to this iOS version then go to Settings and tap on Battery. The first thing you will notice is the Battery Health portion which shows your iPhone’s battery capacity compared to when the battery was new. The comparison is expressed in percentage terms. Moreover, the Battery section will also show you whether or not the battery is performing normally.
As a guide, according to Apple, the iPhone’s normal battery is built to retain equal to 80% of its original capacity at 500 complete charge cycles. The software update will also enable Apple to recommend to the users if their phone’s battery needs replacement already.
Note that for those devices operating at a full battery capacity like the iPhone X, there is no option to turn off the power management feature that leads to slower performance of older iPhone's with weak or degraded batteries. On the other hand, for those phones which needs battery replacement, the power management feature can be turned off. You can get your battery replacement at Apple or you local cell phone repair shop.
Upon installing the iOS 11.3, power management is disabled but once the iPhone experiences an unexpected crash, the feature will be automatically enabled. If an iPhone user decides to turn off the power management feature after the automatic turning on, then the user cannot manually turn it on again. The power management feature will only turn on following a crash or shutdown. Again, this will be automatic.
The iOS 11.3 Battery Health feature is available for the following models: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Features of the iOS 11.3 Beta
Aside from the Battery Health upgrade, Apple has also other upgrades in store for iPhone users in this version. Some of the most prominent features are written below:
- 1Augmented Reality – A brand new AR experience will be available to users in the iOS update especially in terms of the ARKit solution. ARKit 1.5 will be given which has the ability to “recognize and place virtual objects on vertical surfaces like walls and doors, and can more accurately map irregularly shaped surfaces like circular tables.”
- 2Animojis – Apple has added for new animojis especially for iPhone X users. These are the lion, bear, dragon, and skull.
- 3Messages – With the update, a new Business Chat will be available which will enable iPhone users to talk straight to businesses within applications such as Messages, AirPlay 2, and Health.
- 4Face ID – Users now will see a “confirm with side button” instruction when downloading anew application. This is considered an improvement to the FaceID checkout in the iPhone X for the App Store and Apple Pay.
- 5Reviews – Now with iOS 11.3, you can browse the App Store and sort reviews of the different applications. These reviews can be classified into four kinds: Most Helpful, Most Favorable, Most Critical, and Most Recent. This feature is available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
With the features lined up in the iOS 11.3, hopefully this will improve user experience, ease of use, and battery reliability of the iPhone.