The iOS 11.3 Beta 2 arrives with Battery Heath Feature

Lena Tucker
February 10, 2018

Late past year it came to light that Apple has included code in the iOS operating system that throttles the performance of iPhones if the battery is showing signs of wear.

This has been an acute issue for Apple, with the iPhone maker facing analyst concerns about its current flagship device, the iPhone X. The two-week gap between the iOS 11.3 beta 1 and beta 2 gave Apple the chance to address the majority of the problems, and the iOS 11.3 beta 3 update and further releases should just be a series of minor bug fixes and tweaks.

The Washington Post reported Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee, also sent a letter to Apple asking for more information. The good news is that Apple will carry out a battery swap for $29, but how do you know if it will help?

Apple has some big plans when it comes to iOS 11.3, and users should get ready for some major additions. So it's not that the newer iPhone models don't have throttling practices.

Apple is reportedly looking into options to reimburse customers who paid full price for a battery replacement for their iPhones before the company began offering discounts last month. It doesn't seem to matter how many record-breaking quarters the iPhone maker strings together; the talk on Wall Street always seems to return to the inevitable talk of "peak iPhone".

With iOS 11.3 installed on your iPhone, there's a new section on the Battery Settings page that details your battery's health.

The feature says that on a device with a battery that needs to be replaced, power management can be toggled off. The program is already popular, writes Barclays; if that trend continues, Apple could sell both fewer iPhones and see people buying cheaper models.

If your iPhone's performance is being throttled, you will see a statement similar to the one above, where you can disable the feature if you want. The third-party software you need is called coconut Battery, and you need a Mac because there's no Windows/Linux version of the software available. However, if your iPhone does randomly shut down due to battery health and performance issues, this feature will automatically enable itself once again to prevent future shutdowns. "This feature applies to iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus".

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