Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the next iOS update will be more transparent about your phone’s battery life.
The tech giant will offer users the option to decide for themselves if they’d like their iPhones’ performance to be affected in an effort to preserve battery life. The announcement comes just one month after the company received heavy backlash when it admitted to slowing customers’ phones.
“We’re going to give people the visibility of the health of their battery so it’s very, very transparent,” Cook told ABC. “We will tell somebody ‘We’re slightly reducing your performance by some amount in order to not have an unexpected restart.’ And if you don’t want it, you can turn it off.”
Apple does not recommend that users opt out, Cook said, since the lithium-ion batteries in phones deteriorate over time, leading to sudden shutdowns in order to protect the other inner mechanisms. The company said previously that past updates to older models like the iPhone 6 and 7 were supposed to “smooth out” any potential glitches from aging batteries.
Apple was accused by customers and some tech experts of intentionally worsening the performance of phones over time to persuade people to buy newer models.
“We deeply apologize for anybody that thinks we had some other kind of motivation,” Cook said. “Our motivation is always the user.”