Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Apple might be slowing down old iPhones to preserve battery life

Apple Acknowledges That Older iPhones Slow Down To Deal With Aging Batteries Report: Apple 'Slowing Down' Older iPhone Models
Frank Williams | 21 December, 2017, 22:12

We have now extended this feature to the iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2 and we plan to add this feature to other products in the future.

Now it has been revealed that Apple is slowing down older iPhones as it releases a new model, or models. Apple's fix appears to be throttling the CPU to prevent the phone from randomly shutting down.

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. This means that when the battery gets older it is not anymore able provide the system with high enough voltage. Apple now admits that update slowed the phones down.

The phenomenon, discovered by Reddit members and acknowledged Wednesday by Apple, throws gasoline onto a long-standing conspiracy theory that iPhones slow to crawl as a sly way to convince us to buy new ones.

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Apple has been super effective at selling a new iPhone for existing customers for years. In addition to addressing aging batteries, the company said it tries to "smooth out" power demand in phones that are operating in cold conditions or that have a low battery charge.

That post triggered responses in which other Apple customers wondered whether the battery ploy was also to blame for their older Macbook laptops not working as well as they once had. The lithium-ion battery starts to process information slower, the more times it's charged.

"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices", Apple said in a statement to CBS This Morning. Introduced a year ago for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone SE, the feature is aimed at preventing unexpected device shutdowns, the company said. It has been since expanded to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2. Whilst the smart thing for Apple to do is to make phones with a larger battery capacity so that they don't need to be put into senile mode.

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