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Performance or battery? The button that many expect but may never reach iOS

With the letter of apology published yesterday on Apple’s website, the company closes the chapter on its management of degraded batteries and the performance of its iPhone . Now a new one is opened for which we will have to wait a few weeks until we know all the details.

Now battery, now performance

The $29 battery replacement program will begin in late January 2018 and last until December of that year. Apple has also said that it is also working on a version of iOS that will be more transparent about battery status.

Performance or battery? The button that many expect but may never reach iOSPerformance or battery? The button that many expect but may never reach iOS

This can be interpreted in several ways. The most obvious is that when significant battery wear occurs, the user will see some sort of warning informing them of what is happening with their device . Ideally, Apple should give as much information as possible here: charge cycles, battery health, which functions may be affected, etc. This is explained in the support document you have already prepared on the subject.

Apple needs to make the health of iPhone batteries more transparent. Adding a button to choose the mode of consumption is something many users want

However, this promise has led many to think that we could see a button to choose between performance or greater autonomy. This option would be shown to users whose batteries are worn out and require energy and performance management.

Under this option, the user who wants to could prioritize between more autonomy or more performance depending on the situation. The idea is similar to the current low power mode button, where iOS reduces, modifies or removes some function from the system to save battery power.

And to round it out, Apple could even add an option in the iOS Control Center to enable quick on/off switching, just like the low-power mode.

Apple and the quest for simplicity

The idea of adding an option to decide how to manage a degraded battery on an iOS device is a good one . Many users have asked for it as a way to manage their own devices themselves. But it goes against the simplicity Apple seeks in its products.

Introducing this feature into the device for the user to judge what is best would mean giving up part of Apple’s philosophy. A philosophy that applies its judgement to certain points in its products so that the user doesn’t have to bother to decide about them. In other words, Apple decides for them because it considers them to be the best option.

Restricting and limiting what can be done with the devices is not a whim of Apple, it is a conscious decision of its consequences

This is how we can understand that the App Store is the only way to install apps . If Apple allowed to install apps from other sources, it opens a range of possible positive and negative scenarios. More flexibility for the user at the cost of less security. In this case, security is paramount for Apple and that is why they apply their criteria.

La polémica de las baterías degradadas y el rendimiento en los iPhone: todo lo que sabemos hasta ahora.

Returning to the button that would prioritize performance or battery life, we are faced with two scenarios:

  1. Performance is prioritized at the expense of potential power outages because the battery is not able to keep up with the iPhone’s processor and other components.
  2. Priority is given to having a device that works without shutdowns and for longer, at the cost of lowering performance on certain tasks.

Apple has already said that the first one is unacceptable :

Seeing all this and although the idea of an option the user can choose from is tempting, personally I prefer not to have to be on the lookout if the time comes. I don’t want to think about how I have to use my iPhone, I just want to use it.

This philosophy clashes with that proposed by other brands, where the user has such freedom of action that he is capable of doing things that damage or compromise his device in a severe way. It is a “I’ll give you all the rope you want, even if you end up hurting yourself with it” versus “this is the rope you have and you won’t have any more”.

It’s a paternalistic approach perhaps, a “you don’t know and so I do it for you”. But it’s beneficial for those who don’t want to be aware of the technology they use. By doing this, Apple takes a burden off the user by making decisions that they don’t want, know or bother to make. And that’s why many of us have chosen its products.

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