Apple Confirms It Slows Down Old iPhones As Their Batteries Age

Allan Goodman
December 22, 2017

The company slows down older iPhone models on objective in order to stop users from experiencing technical problems caused by ageing batteries.

To deal with the problem, Apple's iOS software updates, starting with last year's iOS 10.2.1, included better power management capabilities.

If you have an older Apple iPhone and think it seems to run a bit too slow, you're on to something.

Bogdanovich claims Apple's decision to slow the operation of older phones to save battery life was never requested or agreed upon. and it lowers the value of their phones.

That's despite the fact that for most users affected, there would have been much cheaper solution available: They could have restored their Phone to full power simply by getting their battery replaced - which, when done by Apple, just costs $79.

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The confession comes after a blog post proved older iPhones deteriorating on newer operating systems. Proof: My iPhone 6 was bought 3years ago and recently got really slow. Following that, Geekbench founder John Poole did some performance testing of his own on various iPhone models running different iterations of iOS.

They were reacting to Apple's statement on Wednesday - in response to a claim by an app company earlier this week - that it had introduced a software feature previous year to prevent phones from unexpectedly shutting down.

"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. Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components. And the iOS 11.2 applies to iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Before you freak out, realize that this isn't planned obsolescence created to force you to buy a new iPhone; but still, speed restrictions are speed restrictions. Apple didn't say exactly what the threshold is for slowing down a device, but battery life rated as "Poor" or worse is likely to be a problem. But it's largely shrugged off with smartphones - it doesn't help that the battery is not user replaceable.

The original Reddit threat notes the performance of an iPhone 6S. Now we know for certain that Apple slows old iPhones with reduced battery capacity. 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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