Apple apologizes after outcry over slowed iPhones, promises to fix battery issues

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Apple also says it will cut the price of a battery replacement by $50 to $29.

Apple is now facing lawsuits after admitting earlier in the month that it slows down iPhones as they get older to offset decreased battery performance. "It is our mission to defend consumers and the environment against this waste organized by Apple", HOP co-founder Laetitia Vasseur said.

Apple began this practice when it released iOS 10.2.1 past year, to stop the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone SE from shutting down from troubling power circumstances like cold weather, low battery charge or battery aging.

In a posting on its website Thursday, Apple apologized over its handling of the battery issue and said it would make a number of changes for customers "to recognize their loyalty and to regain the trust of anyone who may have doubted Apple's intentions".

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The mother of all mobile-related conspiracy theories was shockingly confirmed one week ago, when Apple admitted that it purposefully slows down old iPhones. At this point, we haven't seen evidence suggesting that any of them do and it could turn out that this is just an Apple thing.

In a statement today, the company emphasized that it would never "do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product".

"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", the statement reads.

"A chemically aged battery also becomes less capable of delivering peak energy loads, especially in a low state of charge, which may result in a device unexpectedly shutting itself down in some situations".

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The note goes on to explain the slowdown feature in depth, something Apple had not done before now. Apple also will include a new feature in its next operating system update that lets iPhone users check the health of their iPhone's battery.

The company releases new flagships each year, and some argue that iPhone fans are more likely to upgrade to a newer model if they are no longer satisfied with their older iPhone's performance.

Apple added that it's working on an iOS software update that will offer iPhone owners more insight into the health of their batteries. The price drop will go into effect in late January, and will be available through December 2018.

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