Apple admits to slowing down old iPhones to improve battery life

Posted December 22, 2017

So it's true that Apple intentionally slow down old iPhones. Some have said they believe it to be effort by Apple (and other tech companies) to purposely hamper the performance in order to get users to buy new models.

Eventually, Apple responded and admitted that yes, the company had indeed been throttling the performance of some phones with aging batteries. Apple is wrong, however, not to make it easy and low-priced to replace old batteries. The reports are particularly troubling because any perceived slowdowns by iPhone users might tempt owners to upgrade their entire device instead of replace the battery.

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"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices", an Apple spokesperson said in response to an AFP inquiry. So he plotted the kernel density of Geekbench 4 scores for the iPhone 6s on multiple iOS versions. iOS 10.2 turned out to be the version where the performance of the device showed signs of being throttled. The company said it introduced the "feature" after users of the iPhone 6 and 6s experienced random shutdowns.

Apple releases new iPhone models annually, and sales of the handsets power its money-making engine.

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Apple said the problem stemmed from the fact that all lithium-ion batteries, not just those found in Apple products, degrade and have problems supplying the needed power as they age and accumulate charging cycles. Introduced past year for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone SE, the feature is aimed at preventing unexpected device shutdowns, the company said. In the wake of Apple's admission, some customers are criticizing the company for not being more transparent about how it handles device performance. Proof: My iPhone 6 was bought 3years ago and recently got really slow. "The other problem with holding back on security updates is you lose the security improvements and fixes that Apple makes with every release, thus putting you in danger of ... hackers and whatnot".

Bogdanovich and Speas, represented by the Los Angeles-based Wilshire Law Firm, argued that Apple never asked them for permission to install this feature and did not give them the option to choose or bargain a way to turn off the feature.

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Apple will replace your battery for free if your phone is under warranty, according to The Verge.