Apple's iPhone throttling saga continued on Tuesday with a response letter to questions from the Senate committee investigation, from where we learned that it may offer rebates
to those who paid full price for swapping their batteries before the $29 consolation price kicked in. Tucked into those questions were a few from Senator John Thune, who demanded to know whether Apple will be engaged in throttling its newer handsets like the iPhone X
, too. Well, the head of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation now has his answers:
[The] iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X models use a more advanced hardware and software design that provides a more accurate estimation of both power needs and the battery’s power capability to maximize overall system performance. This allows a different performance management system that more precisely allows iOS to anticipate and avoid an unexpected shutdown. As a result, the impacts of performance management may be less noticeable on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. Over time, the rechargeable batteries in all iPhone models will diminish in their capacity and peak performance and will eventually need to be replaced.
Apple's initial statement on the matter that said "we’ve extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future
" still seemingly holds true for the new iPhones as well, though it may not be to the aggressive levels of their predecessors. Oh, well.