Apple Confirms It Slows Down Old iPhones As Their Batteries Age

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Although the company's reasons are clear, Apple could have made a better effort of letting users know why their device gets slower over time.

"So what Apple is saying in their defense is that as the battery ages it can hurt the iPhone itself".

Apple recently confirmed to its customers that the power of its older generation processors are capped and devices are "slowed" but explained that the practice is meant to preserve the longevity of the devices rather than kill them off.

Apple has been intentionally slowing down older iPhones, and some of its users aren't happy about it.

But Alphr says Apple's claims are correct as lithium-ion batteries can deteriorate over time.

Skipping over the fact that planned obsolescence is borderline criminal, Reddit users have found a smoking gun in Geekbench tests that show older models, specifically the older batteries, are throttling performance. Although it's expected that battery life tends to lessen as a device gets older, due to the increased volume of recharging cycles, associated performance shouldn't grind to a halt. It's to avoid random and sudden shutdowns, they say.

Low Power Mode: In later updates, Apple has included the Low Power Mode feature that notifies the user when the smartphone hits 20%.




Needle said he would be surprised if Apple isn't the defendant in a class-action lawsuit soon. "Couldn't figure out why, but just thought that iOS 11 was still terrible to me".

"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers".

According to tech experts, replacing your older iPhone battery could be the simple solution and much cheaper option than buying a new iPhone.

Apple said it changed its software previous year for the iPhone 6, 6S and SE to "smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed".

The feature, which slows performance to demand less power, has been extended to iPhone 7 handsets with the latest iOS operating software and will be added to other Apple products "in the future", the spokesperson said.

In a statement, the tech company said lithium-ion batteries become less capable of providing peak current demands in cold conditions when they have a low charge, or as they age over time. Check your Geekbench scores and see what you get if your phone is still slow! As techie Seth Weintraub said on Twitter: "Also on 10.2.1, did Apple slow down iPhones rather than make warranty battery swaps for iPhones that were shutting down (like my wife's)?"

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