A Message to Our Customers about iPhone Batteries and Performance

Apple;

We’ve been hearing feedback from our customers about the way we handle performance for iPhones with older batteries and how we have communicated that process. We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologize. There’s been a lot of misunderstanding about this issue, so we would like to clarify and let you know about some changes we’re making.
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.

A great response by Apple regarding the battery issue. They also admitted hat they’ve communicated the whole “slowing-down” your phone poorly.

As great as this message is, this issue will likely haunt Apple as a company and their business, and those ridiculous lawsuit will likely continue.

Apple confirms iPhones with older batteries will take hits in performance

Tom Warren and Nick Statt, reporting for the Verge;

Reddit users have noticed that Apple appears to be slowing down old iPhones that have low-capacity batteries. While many iPhone users have experienced perceived slowdowns due to iOS updates over the years, it appears that there’s now proof Apple is throttling processor speeds when a battery capacity deteriorates over time.

After using a phone that drains its battery just 1 hours after being fully charged, I understand why Apple needs to slowdown old iPhone with older batteries but what they failed to do is to inform users about this so called “battery” optimization feature and they could have at least place an option to enable or disable this “feature”.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 refurbished batteries get recalled due to overheating concerns

Brian Heater, writing for TechCrunch;

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall for refurbished Galaxy Note 4 batteries. While the news has undeniable echoes of last year’s massive Note 7 disaster, this time out, the fault appears to fall at the feet of potentially counterfeited batteries supplied by FedEx.

Not the news that Samsung needs, since they are about to announce Note 8, specially after what happened with the Note 7.

Tesla to build the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery for South Australia

Joey Maceda, writing for Yugatech;

After a bidding war with 91 other international bidders, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is promising to supply South Australia with a 100-megawatt battery before summer. It will be providing improved energy stability for SA, as well as act as a back-up in emergency situations. South Australia has been battling power problems since a statewide blackout in September of 2016.