"We are exploring this and will update you accordingly", the iPhone maker said in a February 2 letter to Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.).
Following the iPhone battery throttling revelations at the end of a year ago, Apple promised to introduce new battery health features to iOS 11.3, as well as a toggle that will let users disable performance throttling on devices with weak battery.
Barclays previously modeled a scenario where Apple could lose $10.29 billion in iPhone sales if 16 million people decide not to upgrade thanks to the battery deal.
"In our view, during the December quarter, with the absence of the $29 battery replacement offer until late in the last week of quarter, many iPhone 6 and 6s users might have thrown-in-the-towel and upgraded to iPhone X or iPhone 8 because their iPhones were slowed down by iOS system updates and aging batteries".
Apple's actions weren't enough to assuage federal officials.
But there's a way you can tell if your iPhone is being throttled. That being said, it can also be supplanted by an improved version with later updates.
The company is also facing at least 55 lawsuits from customers in the USA related to the slowdown, Bloomberg Law data show.
As it turns out, Apple has already introduced this ability.
We have learned that Apple selected two Chinese companies, one a growing smartphone component company, the other a popular semiconductor packaging firm.
In other words, the new Battery Health feature lets you know the maximum capacity of your battery, also allowing to know as to whether or not it is operating at peak capacity. According to the document from AAPL, the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X won't be as affected by battery performance management. If Apple continues to sell iPhone X-like devices with $999-plus price tags, then it should be fairly straightforward for Apple to include more sophisticated camera technologies into those devices since the devices themselves are more expensive. "I appreciate Apple's response to my inquiry and the company's ongoing discussions with the committee". He said Apple would follow up with additional information about the rebates at a future date.
With assistance from Tom Schoenberg (Bloomberg).