Apple Confirms It Slows Down Old iPhones As Their Batteries Age

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At this rate Apple could just as well cut its research budget on innovating and sell the same phones with a few minor tweaks each year, relying on comparisons against older SLOWED down phones for speed and performance boosts comparisons! That means the device will unexpectedly shut down to protect its electronic components.

Apple said it released software previous year that makes those models operate more slowly to countervail problems with their aging lithium ion batteries, which can sometimes cause operational problems or cause phones to unexpectedly shut down. They were promoting $0 offers for Samsung Galaxy S8 and S7 smartphones and some older Apple phones.

Currently, affected models are iPhone 7, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE, with other models potentially receiving the same feature in the future.

iPhone users have long complained their devices seem to slow down when new models are released. If you're going to slow down the phone over time, you should explain why it is happening, so people understand it is ultimately for their benefit.

"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices", the company said in a statement to tech website The Verge.

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Although Apple didn't release any statement at the time, the issue came to the forefront again when the iPhone 7 received the iOS 11.2 update. The suit, originally spotted via TMZ, also notes that Apple's behavior lowers the resale value of existing iPhones and underhandedly coerces iPhone owners to upgrade to newer models.

Apple is fortunate to be the software maker and hardware maker here, will be interesting to see what tests are conducted on other phones.

What it really comes down to, though, is whether customers trust Apple enough to believe that this measure only exists as a failsafe on top of doing everything they reasonably can to ensure the best possible performance, for the longest possible span of time, for the price consumers are paying for their phones, and that kind of good faith is really hard to come by, for good reason. The system works by limiting power drain on older batteries, batteries with low charge and when in cold environments. 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.

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