Apple Is Releasing a New Battery Tool to Fix Your Slow iPhone

  • Apple Is Releasing a New Battery Tool to Fix Your Slow iPhone

Apple Is Releasing a New Battery Tool to Fix Your Slow iPhone

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Other new features include Business Chat in iMessage to talk directly to businesses, Health Records to access medical records from hospitals in the U.S., and a Data and Privacy icon to tell you when Apple is asking for personal information.

Apple chief executive Tim Cook announced the ability to turn the feature off would be included in a forthcoming software update in an interview last week. This also means Apple will now tell you every time an app seeks access to private data. If you're out of warranty, battery replacements are still economical at $29.

With 11.3, owners of iPhone 6 devices or newer can check on their battery's health from the Settings app. If your battery's capacity is under 80%, there's a good chance it's slowing your phone down - and if so, you'll see a note that performance management has been applied. The feature, however, can only be toggled once the phone shuts down unexpectedly.

You can "Disable" the notification. Considering the current outcry against personal data collection, this is perhaps the safest move from the company. But its prominence is good timing for Apple, which has been highlighting its different approach to data. Users can watch the hottest new videos, classics or ones from their favourite artists back-to-back in new music video playlists.

Apple Is Releasing a New Battery Tool to Fix Your Slow iPhone
Apple Is Releasing a New Battery Tool to Fix Your Slow iPhone

"The new aHealth Records' feature helps patients of more than 40 health systems including Duke, NYU Langone, Stanford and Yale view their medical records from multiple institutions right from their iPhone", Apple said. Only 39 medical facilities nation-wide support the service, so there's a good chance your local doctor's office isn't one of them.

In terms of privacy, Apple says the Health Records data is encrypted and protected with the user's iPhone passcode.

Like Facebook Messenger, iMessage is gaining the capability to let users talk with businesses. The feature is applicable to iPhone 6 and later devices.

Among the CRM companies to get an early jump on integrations with the Business Chat feature were Zendesk and Salesforce.com. Within the conversation, the vendor can even list items for sale that can be instantly purchased using Apple Pay - all without leaving the app. Discover, Hilton, Lowe's and Wells Fargo are already on board. After 500 charge cycles, the iPhone battery is created to retain only 80% of its original capacity.

Perhaps the biggest benefit of buying an Apple device over an Android competitor is iOS' far superior cadence and frequency of software updates.