But Tim Cook doesn't recommend they do

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Although he wouldn't suggest users do so, he said, "If you don't want it, you can turn it off". Though its probe is wider as it's also investigating whether Apple rival Samsung has used software updates to slow its phones to drive consumer upgrades - as is alleged.

Recently you might have heard that there is a bug out there that affects Apple's iPhones, where if you receive a message with a particular link, it could cause your iPhone to crash.

While there isn't a specific timetable for when the new features will be released, Cook said they will be available for testing in a developer release of iOS next month, before going public sometime after that.

Apple will release a test version of its iOS software next month that shows users the health of their batteries and will let them turn off a phone-slowing feature meant to prevent sudden shutdowns in iPhones with older batteries, Cook said in an interview with ABC News on Wednesday. However, it said it would never do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product. The resulting uproar saw the company accused of deliberately slowing down older devices to encourage users to buy new ones, a practice known as "planned obsolescence". He later added, "Maybe we should have been clearer, as well".

Cook says the update will also give notifications to users before it starts throttling phone performance due to weak battery health. Last week two beta updates were rolled out, and this fast pace may indicate that iOS 11.2.5 is nearly ready for prime time.

On Thursday, just two days after the malicious was initially disseminated on Twitter, Apple told BuzzFeed that a fix is coming in a software update next week.

"We deeply apologise for anyone who thinks we have some other kind of motivation". In the meantime, users can take advantage of a discounted battery replacement, which will help to circumvent the need for performance-throttling. A release date for the throttling update hasn't been announced but the tech giant's CEO claims the disabling software will go into testing in February.

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