Apple has confirmed that it's slowing down older iPhones to preserve the battery which ages over time. Since then, the company has been in some hot water, facing a number of lawsuits for being less than transparent about the whole debacle. The company also apologized and started offering users replacement batteries fora reduced $29 instead of $79 for customers with an iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone SE.
At the moment, Apple doesn't give users the option to disable the power management feature, but it seems things may change in the near future. During an interview with ABC News, the company's CEO Tim Cook confirmed that a future iOS update will give users the ability to disable this feature:
We're also going to... first in a developer release that happens next month, we're going to give people the visibility of the health of their battery. So it's very, very transparent. This hasn't been done before, but we've thought through this whole thing and learned everything we can learn from it.
However, Cook did point out that users, should they opt to disable the feature, may end up experiencing unexpected shutdowns and hiccups due to an uneven power supply:
And in the situation... in what we will tell somebody saying you know we're slightly reducing or we're reducing your performance by some amount in order to not have an unexpected restart. And if you don't want it, you can turn it off.
Apple made a major announcement earlier about its $350 billion investment in the U.S. over the next five years. With the investment, the company hopes to create more than 20,000 jobs in the country.