Apple Drops Second iOS 11.3 Beta with Battery Health Meter
Apple today made several new beta builds of its various operating systems available to developers. Chief among them is iOS 11.3 Beta 2. This second developer build tweaks performance and adds Apple's promised battery health meter. The tool is meant to help people balance battery life and speed/performance of older iPhones. The new feature is a response to news that Apple slows down the performance of older iPhones to account for the degradation of lithium ion batteries. Apple also updated tvOS 11.3 to Beta 2. Public versions of these betas will likely be released later this week. Apple said the final version of iOS 11.3 will be available to all consumers this spring.
Apple Says iOS 11.3 to Add Battery Tool, More Animoji, Better AR
Jan 24, 2018
Apple today previewed iOS 11.3, a system update that will give iPhone owners with a significant number of new tools and features. First up, iOS 11.3 provides iPhone users with more control over their handset's battery performance.
Apple Releases iOS 11.3 Public Beta 2
Feb 7, 2018
Apple today made iOS 11.3 Beta 2 available to public testers. This build tweaks performance and adds Apple's promised battery health meter.
Fifth Beta of iOS 11.3 Reaches Developers
Mar 12, 2018
Apple today made a new beta version of iOS 11.3 available to developers. iOS 11.3 Beta 5 tweaks performance and includes the battery health meter for certain devices.
Apple Drops Price of iPhone Battery Replacement In Wake of Slow-down Kerfuffle
Dec 28, 2017
Apple today said it will significantly drop the cost of replacing iPhone batteries in order to appease customers upset about their device's performance. "We’ve been hearing feedback about the way we handle performance for iPhones with older batteries and how we have communicated that process.
MIT Spinout Claims to Double Battery Life
Aug 19, 2016
A company called SolidEnergy Systems, a spinout from MIT, says it has new battery technology that will double the life of lithium-based power cells. The breakthrough involves a battery that replaces the traditional graphite anode with a thin, lithium-metal foil.