At the end of last year to prevent issues such as unexpected shutdowns.

The slowdown was also introduced to help prolong the life of devices meaning owners would have to upgrade less often.

Explaining why had decided to add this feature a spokesperson for the company said, “Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices.

“Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components.

“Last year we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions.

“We’ve now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future.”

Most experts agreed that this slowdown was actually a positive way of extending the life of phones but the controversy came by Apple not explaining to customers what they were doing.

However, things are changing with Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, revealing a new update coming later this year will allow users to decide if they want their devices speed managed.

Speaking to ABC News, Cook said: “If you don’t want it, you can turn it off.”

“We’re going to give people the visibility of the health of their battery so it’s very, very transparent,” he says. “This hasn’t been done before.”

Although this may be welcomed by many users, Apple still says they “don’t recommend” users take advantage of the ability to disable the slowdown as it’s better for the device if it is managed.

There’s no confirmation on when the iOS 11 update will be pushed out to users but it’s thought that iPhone owners may get more news in March.

This latest update comes as a .

The scam was first spotted by Twitter user, Abraham Masri, who claims the fake link can freeze and reset most iOS powered devices.

He even warns the message can have an impact on battery life with it draining power from these popular mobile gadgets.

In a post on social media, Masri states: “ Text the link below, it will freeze the recipient’s device, and possibly restart it.

“The bug causes device to freeze, respring, drains battery, and/or sometimes panic.

“No need to install anything. Just open, tap then paste.

“Do not use it for bad stuff.”

It’s currently thought that the message won’t cause Apple devices to be hacked and is just being shared to cause irritation rather than anything malicious.



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