Apple responds to USgovernment probe into iPhone speed throttling

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Apple also announced a software update in the upcoming iOS that will allow users to check on their iPhones' battery health and give them the option to turn off the slowdowns.

Apple is playing ball with USA government agencies looking into its controversial decision to slow down older iPhones to account for aging batteries.

USA authorities are investigating whether Apple violated securities laws concerning its disclosures about a software update that slowed older iPhone models, according to Bloomberg.

However, this is not the first time the company prioritized performance over new features, because similar scenarios happened in 2015 with their iOS 9 release and in recent years with their Mac updates. This has led to a major backlash from all around the world and Apple even issued an apology and offered battery replacements at reduced prices but that caused problems of its own with batteries exploding.

Several weeks ago, Apple said a software update released in early 2017 slowed down the performance of older iPhones models as a way to avoid the phones shutting down at random.

Apple has confirmed the DOJ and SEC are looking into the situation. Purposely slowing their iPhones isn't something that customers would expect from Apple. In a statement, the company said that they would never "degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades".

Most of the litigations are filed in federal court in San Jose, California, but lawsuit over the software updates is also awaiting in other federal courts around the country.

We may see, however, some minor improvements to augmented reality, digital health, and parental controls, Axios said. Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love. For the most part, though, Apple wants to make iPhones more responsive. Apple told Bloomberg on Tuesday it had been contacted by United States government agencies, while it is also under similar investigations in France and Italy.

"The full results for the last quarter of the year show that Apple's decision to release three new handsets over a staggered period, including the ultra high-end iPhone X, has been a sound one".

Apple CEO Tim Cook takes a selfie with students.