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Apple Confirms They Slow Down Their Old iPhones Purposely

Apple Confirms They Slow Down Their Old iPhones Purposely

Apple confirmed investigations into the health of its iPhones as they age today, December 20. But to make the fix you've got to know the issue was the battery in the first place. Possibly slowing down the CPU in iPhones with an aging battery to prevent the iPhone from drawing as much power.

"Because degraded batteries last much less and end up with a lower voltage Apple's solution was to scale down CPU performance, it doesn't solve anything and is a bad experience... but it's better than having your device shutdown at 40% when you need it the most".

"Last year we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions", Apple told Reuters.

Extended to the iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, the "feature" will spread to "other products in the future", basically aiming to "prolong the life" of your iDevices... at the expense of overall performance.

Apple basically suggests, unsurprisingly, that it's introduced this feature as a benefit for its customers, as it prolongs the longevity of the batteries in their iPhones, even though this essentially means they'll be using a slowed-down phone. But that's not like swapping in a new pair of AA batteries on a digital camera.

What Apple are affectively saying here is that yes you weren't imagining it, your iPhone was shutting itself down when the battery reached a lower level. Otherwise, you'll have to wait three to five business days for Apple to send it back to be fixed.

Replacing an iPhone battery with Apple is free if the handset is still under warranty.

And now Apple has confirmed it does slow older iPhones in the following statement. That's not necessarily the case, however, as Apple has good reason to throttle performance if the alternative is random shutdowns. The Cupertino-based company offers a battery replacement service for $79, and those who have replaced iPhone batteries claim improved benchmark and performance.

Lithium-ion batteries are used in smartphones, laptops and many other electronic devices, and generate energy by the chemical reaction triggered by plugging in a charger, thanks to positively charged ions and electrons running in a circuit. 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. This will likely feed into the "planned obsolecense [sic]" narritive [sic].


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