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According to a Bloomberg report, Apple hired a former Samsung battery executive as its new Global head of Battery Developments. Soonho Ahn, who was once served as SVP of Samsung SDI, a Samsung affiliate company that develops the lithium battery used in smartphones, joined Apple in December.

Considering that Apple has used Samsung batteries in the past and already makes its own A-series chip for iOS devices, plus rumors that the company is developing its own LTE chips and MicroLED display, Bloomberg believes that they take the step is to reduce its reliance on other suppliers as possible.
Apple has used batteries from Samsung SDI to power its own products in the past. The iPhone maker has been trying to reduce reliance on third-party components, and the notable battery technology hire suggests it may be doing the same for batteries. Apple has been working on its own MicroLED display technology for future devices, which would help wean itself off Samsung in other areas.
Perhaps Apple is planning to redesign its battery component to be not as too quick degraded over time. Among the most requested iPhone features, the longer lasting, a higher capacity battery is definitely on the list, so hopefully, this hire would provide some thoughts on how to further improve the battery.

After Apple released the iPhone XS Smart Battery Case yesterday, owners of iPhone X have wondered that if the case will also works for their devices, even though Apple only specifically mentioned that the case is compatible with the XS, iMore's Rene Ritchie, however, claims that iPhone X is compatible with the case.

Ritchie explains that when he putting Smart Battery Case on the iPhone X running iOS 12.1.2, he received an error suggesting it was not compatible with the case, but when he updating his iPhone X to iOS 12.1.3, he was able to charging the handset with the iPhone XS Smart Battery Case. And when an incompatibility pop up, just dismiss it, and will still charge your phone, though the fit is imprecise.

Apple touts that the new Smart Battery case for the iPhone models adds 30+ hours of talk time, 20+ hours of internet use and video playback thanks to its larger battery capacity than previous one. It is now available for order at with the price of $129 and comes in black or white color.

Apple today released the Smart Battery Case for 2018 iPhones. Each case comes in black or white and is priced at $129, cases are similar in design to the past battery case option Apple offered for the iPhone 7, with a bump at the back to house a battery pack, perhaps more importantly. it supports Qi charging.

The Smart Battery Case is compatible with Qi-certified chargers. You can charge your iPhone and battery case simultaneously for increased talk time up to 33 hours, Internet use up to 21 hours, and even longer audio and video playback.* With the Smart Battery Case on, the intelligent battery status is displayed on the iPhone Lock screen and in Notification Center, so you know exactly how much charge you have left.
Apple touts that the new Smart Battery case for the iPhone models adds 30+ hours of talk time, 20+ hours of internet use and video playback. However, the newly-released Smart Battery Case doesn't compatible with the iPhone X, as the camera bump on the iPhone XS being slightly taller because of the larger camera sensor compared to the iPhone X.

You can order the Smart Battery Case for iPhone XSXS Max, and XR right now, with estimated delivery date next week or so.

Ar the end of 2017, Apple adjusted the iPhone battery replacement price to $29, down from previous $79 price. From the beginning of the end of 2017, to December 31, 2018, Apple replaced a total of 11 million iPhone batteries, and that means it earned nearly $319 million during the period.

According to Daring Fireball, Tim Cook shared this data in the all-hands meeting with Apple employees. If Apple didn't adjust the price of iPhone battery replacement, then the company could only replace 1-2 million batteries, suggesting that Apple replaced approximately 9 to 10 million more batteries than average.

Cook believes that battery replacement program is one of the reasons 2019 Q1 fiscal quarter revenue below expectations, meaning that users choose to replace the iPhone battery, instead of buying a new iPhone. Although Apple knows the battery replacement program may affect iPhone sales, it was until the iPhone XS, XS Max received fewer upgrades, Apple wasn't aware the seriousness of the problem.

The discounted replacement program comes after Apple was found to throttle performance of iPhones when the battery become degraded, so they introduced the so-called Power Management feature to smooth out the high power draw peaks that can result in shutdowns and prevent devices to "deliver the best experience". Apple then apologized for its wrong doings and announced the program.

If you don't plan to upgrade to the iPhone XS or the iPhone XR, but continue to use your older models, you should consider changing the battery, since the price for a battery replacement will rise from $29 to $79 start from January 1, 2019, that means you can still replace the battery for $29 next month, devices including the iPhone 6 and later are qualified for the limited time offer.

Thus, if you have an iPhone 6 or later and feel you need a battery replacement right away, you can try to go to your local Apple Store today. We’d recommend making a Genius Bar appointment as well as calling ahead to check on the supply of the battery for your specific device, though. Go to the Settings app - Battery - Battery Health to see if the battery is in peak performance power.

Apple says they will throttle performance when the battery become degraded and says they are aiming to smooth out the high power draw peaks that can result in shutdowns and prevent the older devices to "deliver the best experience." Apple is also going to introduce the so-called Power Mangement feature to devices such as the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR eventually.

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According to a new report by Recode, Apple is considering whether to providing rebates to customers who purchased full-price iPhones or no that before its reduced-cost $29 battery replacements were made available, Lawmaker and Sen. John Thune asked Apple about the issue and the company says that it's exploring ways to do so.

Apple's public policy chief Cynthia Hogan has answered Thune's inquiry today and said that Apple is indeed looking into whether a rebate program can be provided to customers. "Yes, we are exploring this and will update you accordingly," she told Thune. 

The power management feature was first introduced in iOS 10.2.1, which means Apple had began throttling performance of iPhones in January of 2017, but didn't disclose that it was doing so until February of 2017. The details behind how it works were not fully discovered or explained by Apple until December. 

In older devices (like iPhone 6) with degraded batteries, the so-called power management feature can result in processor throttling at times of peak usage. Replacing the battery in affected devices can solve the problem, since Apple starting to offering the $29 battery replacements in late December.

The company also suggests that the throttling features it added to those phones might not be necessary on its newest models due to “hardware updates” that allow more advanced performance management system that iOS anticipates and avoid an unexpected shutdown.

“iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X models include hardware updates that allow a more advanced performance management system that more precisely allows iOS to anticipate and avoid an unexpected shutdown.”
Do you think Apple should make a rebate program available to customers who purchased a battery before December 14 at the full $79 price have not been able to get their money back. Share your comments down below with us!

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Yesterday, we reported that both the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are investigating iPhone CPU throttling. And now, Apple has responded to the news with its official response from Axios.

Interestingly, a tidbit came from this statement disclosure that an iOS software update to bring CPU throttling switch to select iPhone models. When they previews iOS 11.3, they only says the feature will coming in a later beta release, and now Apple confirmed it will be included in a developer release next month.

About a year ago, we delivered a software update that improves power management during peak workloads to avoid unexpected shutdowns on certain iPhones with older batteries. We know that iPhones have become an important part of the daily lives of our customers and our intention was to improve the customer experience.

We sought to further improve the customer experience in December by announcing a significant discount on replacement batteries for certain iPhones. We also announced that we began developing a new iOS feature to show battery health and which would recommend when the user should consider replacing their battery.

These actions were taken to further assist our customers and help extend the life of their iPhones. In addition, users will be able to see if the power management feature is being used to prevent unexpected shutdowns, and turn if off if they so choose. These features will be included in a developer release next month and a user release this Spring.

As we told our customers in December, we have never—and would never—do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades. Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love. Making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that.

You will find the setting along with battery health information directly under Setting - Battery. It will recommend user if their battery needs to get replaced. Customers should able to choose to turn CPU throttling off if they wanted to.

Battery health information will be available for iPhone 6 and later. The CPU throttling Switch is said to work on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. If your iPhone battery needs to be replaced badly, then go to your local Apple Store for a discount battery replacement program.

According to Korean publication The Investor, LG will be responsible for producing a new generation L-shaped battery for the 2018 iPhones, in addition, the electronics company is also said to making the OLED displays for this years iPhones. 

The report claims that the brand new “L-shaped” battery will be produced by LG Chem, is the battery-making unit of LG Group. The battery comes in a single cell and has increased capacity over current rectangle iPhone batteries with two battery cells.

The brand new “L-shaped” battery will be produced by LG Chem, the battery-making unit of LG Group. The battery comes in a single cell and has increased capacity over current rectangle iPhone batteries with two battery cells. 

Back July of last year, where another South Korean news outlet The Korea Economic Daily, which wrote the same report, LG Chemical is expected to be the sole supplier of batteries for Apple's iPhone 9. Citing from industry insiders, which LG has made a sizable investment and production is expected to begin in 2018.

Altogether the new generation L-shaped battery plus a more efficient A-series system on a chip could mean that Apple is trying to find better battery design that can prevent iPhones from unexpected shutdown rather than be slowing down these smartphones.

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Apple today published an open letter on its website to address customer concerns about an ongoing controversy over power management features in older iPhones. Additionally, the company is also plan to offer cheaper battery replacements, and an update coming to early 2018 which will give users more of visibility into the health of their iPhone's battery.

In the letter, Apple apologizes for the misinformation that's been spread and says that it would never "intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or to degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades."

First and foremost, we have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades. Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love, and making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that.

At issue is the power management feature which was initially introduced in iOS 10.2.1 in the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6s, which was implemented to prevent unexpected shutdowns due to high power draw peaks. Apple's lack of clarity of the feature has led to a number of lawsuits being filed in recent days claiming that Apple is purposefully slowing down older iPhones.

Apple says these power management features are implemented in the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus, and will be added to future iPhones as required. They kick in when the battery begins to degrade and can be fixed with a new battery.

To fix this, the Cupertino tech-giant will reduce the cost of iPhone battery replacements for anyone with an iPhone 6 or later from $79 to $29. The price drop is temporary and will begin in late January and run through the end of 2018. More details will be available soon. They also plan to release a new version of iOS in 2018 that offers users more insight into their battery’s health.

Apple is reducing the price of an out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacement by $50 — from $79 to $29 — for anyone with an iPhone 6 or later whose battery needs to be replaced, starting in late January and available worldwide through December 2018. Details will be provided soon on

Apple says its team is also always working on ways to make the user experience better, including how performance is managed to avoid unexpected shutdowns as batteries age. The full letter can be found here. They also published a new support document entitled “iPhone Battery and Performance.”

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Ever since Apple has confirmed to slowing down older iPhone models that have degraded batteries, more of more class action lawsuits have been leveled against the company for doing that, and now with the latest class action filing seeking an unbelievable $999 billion payout!

Plaintiffs insisted they had to buy a new iPhone because their old models slowed down due to Apple's "purposeful conduct." Therefore, the filing argues, each of the plaintiffs denied the use, utility and value of their older iPhone. The filings were filed in New York by Raisa Drantivy and her legal team.

Even though the Cupertino firm has admitted to slowing down the CPU when the battery is wearing out to prevent unexpected shutdowns and other problems, the lawsuit still argues that Apple never asked customers whether they preferred to have their iPhone slower than normal.

In the end, I think Apple should have been more upfront with users about why it chose to place battery life over performance and maybe even allow users to make that decision for themselves. But a $999 billion payout for the mistake just too much. Perhaps that’s just an overzealous lawyer looking for a handout from the world’s biggest company.

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Apple has now responded to the comment that there's been speculation that the company is throttling the performance of older iPhones with degraded batteries. In a statement to TechCrunch, Apple says they are aiming to smooth out the high power draw peaks that can result in shutdowns and other problems in older devices to "deliver the best experience for customers."

There's nothing Apple can do to prevent from Lithium-ion batteries degrade over time , so it uses power management techniques to attempt to prolong the life of the iPhone and its battery. The Cupertino company says that iPhones with older batteries can sometimes see slower performance, but power management is not a feature that's been implemented to force users to upgrade by deliberately slowing devices.

Now it seems make sense that Apple in iOS 10.2.1 introduced an update to fix a bug that was causing iPhone 6s models to shut down unexpectedly, and a result of the update is it slows down these devices. Apple says this feature has been implemented for iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, SE, as well as iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices. Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components.

Last year we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions. We've now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future."

According Apple's battery replacement guidelines. The iPhone battery is designed to retain 80% of its original capacity at 500 complete charge cycles. A defective battery that does not meet those parameters can be replaced for free for customers who have AppleCare+ or who have devices still under warranty. As for out of warranty customer, Apple charges $69 plus $6.95 in shipping.

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According to Nikkei Asian Review, Apple is apparently well underway in developing its own in-house power management chips for its iPhone models. Today, the integrated circuitry for power management is designed by Dialog, a UK company. In the next two years, new iPhone models could use the power management chips.

Apple's new in-house power management chip would be the most advanced in the industry, according to the sources, and could have processing capabilities that allow it to better monitor and control power consumption among various components. That means iPhone users could expect devices capable of delivering better performance on lower power consumption.

Apple planning to replace about half of the main power management chips that go into iPhones with its own as early as 2018, but the transition could be delayed until 2019, according to a sources cited in the report. The Nikkei report says that Apple’s power management chip "would be the most advanced in the industry".

The main power management chip controls an iPhone's battery, including charging capabilities as well energy consumption. By using its own power management chip, The Cupertino may be able to eke out extra hours of battery life for iPhones by handling tasks more efficiently. It could also pave the way for future iPhone models to have a better performance-to-battery life balance.

Back to earlier this year, Bankhaus Lampe analyst Karsten Iltgen, said that Apple will at least partially cut back on Dialog Semiconductor's supply of power management chips for future iPhones. Iltgen said Apple already has engineers working on the chips in California and Germany. Today's report seems to corroborate the prediction.

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According to Chinese publication ifeng report (via TNW), a Taiwanese iPhone 8 Plus owner has claimed that her device split open while being charged with the supplied cable and plug adapter. She posted photos which show damage consistent with a swollen battery. While a Japanese owner has posted similar photos of his device, which he says arrived in this state.

The phone belonged to a Ms. Wu, who recently renewed her phone contract and purchased a 64GB rose gold iPhone 8 Plus.

The issue emerged five days after purchasing the phone. Wu placed her phone on charge, using the supplied cable and adaptor. After three minutes, she reported seeing the front panel bulge, and eventually lift completely from the device.

According to multiple Taiwanese outlets, the phone was later recovered by the carrier, and has since been shipped to Apple for analysis.

A report from Taiwan states the iPhone 8 Plus uses the same battery manufacturer, Amperex Technology Limited (ATL), as the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. ATL is one of the world's biggest smartphone battery makers and has provided Apple with batteries for many years. Because of the Note 7 battery issues, Samsung announced that it has ditched the supplier for its upcoming flagship devices.

While any incident affecting a new iPhone model is bound to attract media attention, it’s worth noting the usual disclaimers. First, any device manufactured in the millions will include some faulty models – the real news would be if this were not the case. Second, investigations into charging-related incidents often reveal that a third-party charger was used, and so on.

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As iPhone 8 event is approaching, its design, configuration, price, etc. We have already had an overall grasp, and now another concern is that if the built-in battery will have a breakthrough? Previously, Taiwan industrial chain says that Apple iPhone 8 will have an L-shaped battery design, but for battery capacity, it's reporting the capacity was 2700 mAh

Familiar with the industrial chain people say that the iPhone 8 and 7S internal codes are D22 and D21, and provides standard wireless charging, and they will use the glass back, while iPhone 8 will support the iris recognition feature, the middle of the dual camera is the LED flash. Battery capacity smaller than the iPhone 7 Plus for 200 mAh.

According to a TechnoBuffalo report, citing a “trusted and reliable source,” says the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will be “slightly bigger in every dimension. And this is because the new devices will support wireless charging, so Apple was adopting glass backs across all of its 2017 iPhones, perhaps, this answers why it will be slightly bigger than the current one. 

The report quoted the source says that the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus no matter which side will be slightly thicker than the previous one. The size of the iPhone 7s will be 138.44 mm x 67.26 mm x 7.21 mm, while the iPhone 7 is 138.3 mm x 67.1 mm x 7.1 mm. iPhone 7s Plus size 158.37 mm x 78.1 mm x 7.41 mm, the current iPhone 7 Plus was 158.2 mm x 77.9 mm x 7.3 mm.

The latest report claimed that Apple will be holding a press event on September 12. in addition to release iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, the highly anticipated tenth-anniversary edition device - iPhone 8 will also be release as scheduled. Accompanied with 4K and HDR capabilities Apple TV, and the new LTE Apple Watch.
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