Apple Inc. will be releasing a new software update, as per announced by CEO Tim Cook. The new update will give the users control on whether their iPhones are automatically slowed down or not.
Earlier this year, Apple received complaints which resulted to lawsuits being filed. The company revealed that it was slowing down its iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus on purpose. Such a feat was done through the use of older batteries.
In the company’s defense, it said that the slowing down of older iPhone models was without a purpose. Apple said that it intended to preserve aging batteries and prevent the devices from automatic reboots.
“At the heart of any decision we make is the user, and we felt it would be better to take something off of the performance to prevent [iPhones from restarting] … We deeply apologize for anybody who thinks we have some other kind of motivation,” Cook said, explaining Apple’s way of thinking.
Apple began offering $29 battery replacements in early January.
Apple Plans new U.S. Campus
The U.S. tech giant plans to open a new campus as part of a five-year $30 billion U.S. investment plan. The company is set to make about $38 billion in one-time tax payments on its overseas cash.
This will be one of the largest corporate spending plans since the passage of the tax cut signed by U.S. President Donald Trump.
The company has been under constant pressure to make U.S. investments since the 2016 presidential campaign. Apple was initially targeted by Trump for making products in Asian factories.
Apple hasn’t announced any plans to alter the practice. Experts said that it would be economically impractical to make iPhones in the United States.
They also pointed out that Apple has begun emphasizing its U.S. economic impact. This is seen from developers who sell software on its App Store to the tens of billions of dollars it spends with U.S. suppliers every year.
Between the spending plan, hiring 20,000 people, tax payments, and business with U.S.-based suppliers, the company will be spending a lot.
Apple estimated that it will be spending $350 billion in the U.S. next five years.