Apple has admitted to intentionally slowing down older iPhones

22 December, 2017, 01:53 | Author: Sherri Guerrero
  • PSA: iPhone slow? Try replacing your battery! : iphone - Reddit

But to make the fix you've got to know the issue was the battery in the first place.

"Many iPhone 6s devices were shutting down unexpectedly, even after the battery replacement program (Which many people weren't entitled to use)".

Yesterday, we reported on a new development in the long simmering story about older iPhones beginning to feel sluggish after installing a new version of iOS.

For Apple, this could quickly transform into a PR nightmare because let's face it, the company knew that some users would prefer to upgrade to a new iPhone rather than have their old model checked out.

To address that, Apple's iOS software, starting with last year's iOS 10.2.1, included better power management capabilities, the company says. But when a developer tried a different type of test, he discovered that previous generation iPhones (specifically iPhone 6 and iPhone 7) with aging batteries confirmed the conspiracy theory. Apple subsequently extended that functionality to include the iPhone 7.

Apple CEO Tim Cook. Source AAP
Apple CEO Tim Cook. Source AAP

In a statement released to The Verge, Apple said it was throttling to prevent devices from "unexpectedly shutting down" and "to protect its electronic components". Apple charges $79 for a new battery for those without its AppleCare warranty protection, a cheaper cost than several hundred dollars for a new device.

The company said its software updates for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, iPhone SE and iPhone 7 are created to "smooth out" peak power demands, prevent these surprise shutdowns and ultimately prolong the lifespan of batteries.

The company said, however, that it has good reason to do so. Geekbench reports that iOS 11.2.0 introduces similar throttling for low iPhone 7 low capacity batteries.

Prof Subodh added that a typical lithium-ion battery is rated up to a thousand charging cycles, which averages to a battery life of about three years if a phone is charged once a day. But it's largely shrugged off with smartphones - it doesn't help that the battery is not user replaceable.

Apple's confirmation comes after Reddit users noticed that their devices were getting slower as the batteries in their iPhones got weaker. Consumers could say they were confused and had no real information to go by, so buying a new iPhone was probably the best decision.

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