To the major disappointment of die-hard Apple supporters, the "conspiracy theories" around older phones slowing down was proven true. While not necessarily an intentional planned obsolescence, Apple claims that the necessary evil was a move to preserve older phones with degraded batteries.
Apple's latest apology came in the form of offering $29 battery swaps for iPhone 6 and up, a $50 discount from the normal $79. While the tests are not disclosed, Apple says customers can visit their local Genius Bar and use their diagnostic test to see if a battery can retain 80 percent of its original capacity at 500 complete charge cycles. This led to some confusion over the weekend, with some consumers claiming that Apple denied them a battery swap since their devices passed the diagnostic test.
They also noted that only iPhone 6 and up are eligible, leaving older phones, who arguably need the service more, left to dry. The root of the issue really is not weighted on the fact that iPhone is slowing phones down. That actually makes a lot of sense. Especially with all the hyper-specific tweaks Apple makes to the phone. The main issues are that Apple actively fights consumers right to repair, they didn't inform customers rather they let them figure it out, and competitors like Samsung and LG claim that slowing down phones is an unnecessary maneuver.
Twice Delayed, C by GE is Finally Getting HomeKit Support
Hoping that we aren't tired of hearing about worldfirst connected devices, GE is finally bringing their "world first smart lamp with Amazon Alexa" to Apple's HomeKit.
GE announced back in May that it would be adding HomeKit support to its C by GE smart light bulbs, initially promising this by the summer, then by the fall. Both seasons came and went without any sign, but HomeKit compatibility is reportedly about to arrive.
The C by GE series of connected lighting now includes what the company calls the industry's first voice-integrated ceiling fixtures that hide all the smarts in a flush mount or recessed can option. There's a smart wall switch, too, which can provide voice-control to your connected lights, turning them on or off, dimming them, or changing the temperature of the light. No separate GE hub is needed, either, and there's a built-in antenna to make sure you can access it, even if someone accidentally flips the switch manually.
The Best of the Rest of the Net
- The 8K space race is on and LG is heading straight to the top with an ambitious 88-inch 8K OLED that they hope to showcase at CES next week.
- Smart lock company Otto is suspending operations after a failed acquisition agreement. In a blog post late last year, CEO and founder Sam Jadallah says the company made an acquisition deal that limited its ability to fundraise, but the buyer pulled out at the last minute, leaving Otto with no remaining cash.