Apple pledges to warn iPhone owners if iOS update could slow device or affect battery life

“Apple has pledged to warn iPhone owners if a software update is likely to slow down the device or affect battery life,” BBc News reports.

“The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the UK had expressed concerns in 2017 that people had not realised an operating system update could affect the performance of the phone,” The Beeb reports. “It feared that iPhone owners had been repairing their devices or replacing the batteries unnecessarily.”

“It can now take court action if Apple does not comply,” The Beeb reports. “The CMA added that by signing up to this commitment to greater transparency, Apple was bound by it.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: As Apple should have been doing all along. Lesson learned – the hard way, but learned nonetheless.

The Competition and Markets Authority website states:

To ensure compliance with consumer law Apple has formally agreed to improve the information it provides to people about the battery health of their phones and the impact performance management software may have on their phones.

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3 Comments

  1. I disagree with MDN’s position on this. It’s been known for 40+ years that when you move to a new OS or new software with new features it is extremely likely that everything will run more slowly and take more power on the old hardware.

    You can only take the Nanny State so far before you run into true silliness. Young adults and children are supposed to be so much more aware of current technologies than I am. If so, then they should clearly be aware of this old, old principle. Either that or they need to admit that they are technological idiots and stop claiming technological superiority. It’s tantamount to making match makers put onto the boxes, “Danger, contents flammable!”

  2. Yes pledging to do something that should be terribly obvious to the most green of CEO’s and lay person? Also like keeping Mac Pro’s designed the way pro’s want them and updated regularly?

    Tim Cook gets a big fat “F-” in CEOology.

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