Government officials question Apple about software update that slow down older iPhones

Now that it has become clear that a new battery can give life to an old phone, more customers may choose to delay an upgrade, especially with Apple cutting the price of a battery replacement to $29 from $79. Kuo predicted in a January 23 note it could cost between $700 and $800 - significantly less than the iPhone X, but higher than the current iPhone 8 models. Specifically, the SE 2 is believed to use wireless charging technology, as previous leaks reveal that the handset will have its rear panel entirely made of glass material. The report also stated that the flagship iPhone model was outsold by the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus in the U.S., while all the three new iPhone versions gained leadership in the list of best-selling smartphone models during the month that also includes the Samsung Galaxy S8.

Consumers are asking judges to issue orders that would prevent future modifications to the iPhone's operating system which intentionally degrade performance and battery life.

With Apple due to release its Q1 2018 financial results Thursday, analysts and investors will be watching for numbers indicating whether the iPhone X is a hit or a disappointment.

Yesterday, Axios first reported that Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi announced a revised plan for iOS 12.

Apple has since tried to quell the outrage. They also find it harder to predict how much money Apple makes off each phone.

Thoughts about the whole iPhone slowdown controversy? Once again Apple started their official response on the same note last night. Apple presently has an average rating of "Buy" and a consensus price target of $201.44. If Apple should come anywhere close to meeting those figures - and there's no reason to believe it won't - it will easily mark the most successful quarter in company history. It's still unclear whether Apple will optimize the user interface of those apps on the Mac. Analysts expect the company to report total iPhone shipments - including sales of iPhone 6, 7 and 8 series models - rose 1.5% during the period, according to FactSet Research.

In the statement, Apple said a new spring software update will allow iPhone users to see if the power throttling function is on and control it. It then goes through a few months of beta testing and gets released in September.

  • Carolyn Briggs