Republican U.S. Senator wants Apple to answer questions about slowing iPhones

“The chairman of a U.S. Senate committee overseeing business issues asked Apple Inc to answer questions about its disclosure that it slowed older iPhones with flagging batteries, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Wednesday,” David Shepardson reports for Reuters. “The California-based company apologized over the issue on Dec. 28, cut battery replacement costs and said it will change its software to show users whether their phone battery is good.”

“Senator John Thune, a Republican who chairs the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, said in a Jan. 9 letter to Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook that ‘the large volume of consumer criticism leveled against the company in light of its admission suggests that there should have been better transparency,'” Shepardson reports. “Thune asked if Apple considered making free battery replacements available or if it explored offering rebates for customers who paid full price for replacement batteries.”

“He also wants to know if Apple notified consumers of the throttling feature in software updates, which slows the phone, and if customers had the option of declining the update. The letter also asked if similar software was used in earlier iPhone models,” Shepardson reports. “Thune wants Apple’s answers by Jan. 23.”

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MacDailyNews Take: As do we.

Why didn’t Apple publicly disclose CPU throttling of iOS devices with aging batteries so that consumers would know that an inexpensive battery replacement would restore performance vs. buying a whole new device?MacDailyNews, January 9, 2018

As has almost always been the case with Apple, unfortunately, transparency comes later, not sooner, and usually as a reaction to negative publicity. A simple Knowledge Base article would have preempted all of this Reddit sleuthing and the attendant handwringing and erroneous presumptions.MacDailyNews, December 20, 2017

Apple should provide a toggle switch in Settings where users specify if they’d like to keep running at high processor speeds even if it means rapid shutdowns or if they’d like to run at lower processors speeds to accommodate an aging battery that requires replacement.MacDailyNews, December 27, 2017

Again, it’s Apple’s lack of communication that is the problem here. If Apple had clearly explained what was going on in the software, we’d know to recommend a battery replacement when users complained their older iPhones were getting “slow.” As it was, we were pretty much left to assume that the processor/RAM wasn’t up to par with demands of newer iOS releases and we’d naturally recommend getting a new iPhone.MacDailyNews, December 29, 2017

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  1. Yea…Apple should give out free batteries when they are exhausted and worn out ….Just like the Car Mfg’ers give us free tires when they are worn out….??? I’m sure some idiot is saying ” yea but when we have worn out tires we can still drive as fast as the car can go…yea…with an idiot at the wheel!

    1. I believe most of these lawsuits have less to do with old batteries and slowdowns than some greedy consumers wanting a fat payday. I’d have to see what they’ll settle for. Would they actually accept a free battery replacement for the life of their iPhone? Will they accept getting their money back for buying a new iPhone instead of replacing the battery? If that’s all they want, then the lawsuits seems reasonable. However, if they want $50,000 from Apple for a slow iPhone, then that’s just pure greed. Any judge that would grant some settlement like that doesn’t belong in his chair.

      Apple likely showed poor judgment in not telling consumers what their iOS updates were doing to their iPhones but plaintiffs asking for an excessive amount of compensation where no physical or property damage has been caused seems just as bad in terms of judgment.

      I don’t understand very much about the law so I’m only giving my opinion on the subject and not basing it on any legal data. I feel certain Apple will be able to settle these lawsuits quickly if the judge is a fair one.

  2. No, but one the same not I believe that Apple is hiding the fact that the issue is the aging battery because Apple care provides for a replacement battery for free if you have it. It is in there financial interest to hide this until Apple Care has run out so they can then charge you for a new battery or a new iPhone your choice.

    For instance my iPhone 6s has 2 to 3 months left on Apple Care has slowed down quite a bit in the last 2-3 months I took it to Apple and they say the iPhone is just fine, I beg to differ I would not have made to 2 hour drive and spent money on Gas if it was just fine. I have recharged it more than 500 times (Daily run down and charge) so I know the battery has to be at least a factor, but unless they say it is an issue they won’t give me the free replacement battery.

    1. So pony up $29 and get a new battery and all should be fine. Batteries wear out and so aren’t a warranty item unless the battery was defective. If yours wasn’t defective but you just wore it out, Apple is cutting you a great deal for $29.

      1. I think that’s the current problem with Apple’s ‘fix’. How would you determine your battery is defective if the fix is ‘hiding’ the condition of your defective battery out of the box or within a very short time?

    2. So, what do you think would be fair compensation in your case regardless of what Apple did? Would a free battery and gas money spent be good enough or do you also require a $50,000 check for pain and suffering?

      Fair compensation is all I’m really trying to determine to get an idea how Apple might easily settle these lawsuits.

  3. What is the point of having a toggle switch? Phones with good batteries don’t need it. Older phones with bad batteries would just shut down. Apple is already providing an automatic toggle switch which monitors the phones battery condition. How many thousands of calls to support, would Apple get if iPhones started randomly shutting down again? A toggle switch is a waste of time.

    Battery warnings are all that is needed, but I thought Apple had been providing a battery replacement warning in battery usage settings for some time now.

  4. sen, Thune:

    why did you give a tax break to your rich buddies?
    Why did you vote to end net neutrality?
    Why did you vote against every healthcare bill, harming the constituents whoi voted you in?
    Why do you continue to support tritor and cocksucker donald trump?

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