Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Apple sued for deliberately slowing down older iPhones

PSA: iPhone slow? Try replacing your battery! : iphone - Reddit Apple sued for deliberately slowing down older iPhones
Frank Williams | 23 December, 2017, 10:40

The suit, which seeks class-actions status, argues in a complaint filed Thursday in Los Angeles, that some iPhone users "notice that their older iPhone models slows down when new models come out", and that they "never consented to allow" Apple to "slow their iPhones". It was a CPU speed limit created to stop older model iPhones from demanding too much from batteries with diminished capacity, thus preventing the handsets from rapidly running out of power and shutting down. "We've now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future", Apple said in the statement. "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", Apple said in a statement to The Verge about performance of the devices. To prevent that, the company's software manages batteries as they age and slows down older devices to keep them functional.

Anyone that owns an older iPhone may be rightly upset to learn that their device can not perform as well as it did the day it came out of the box due to degradation of the battery. It also claims that this decision of Apple lowers the resale value of older iPhones and indirectly pressures iPhone owners to upgrade to newer mobile model.

Consumers who have had their iPhones throttled can regain higher levels of performance by replacing their battery, which costs up to £79 - far less than upgrading to a newer model. Many users haven't realized it, but as TeckFire found out, swapping in a new battery will actually speed up these older iPhones.

Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers brief remarks as U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and White House Director of the Office of American Innovation and the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner listen during a meeting of the American Technology Council in the State Dining Room of the White House June 19, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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If Apple had disclosed to people that it had to reduce performance because the battery was degraded.

Unfortunately, Apple can't seem to win on this one.

As the article explains, "While making the throttling opt-in could cause performance issues for users who opt-out, it would give users a sense of control over the situation and avoid making them feel like they're being tricked into buying a new phone".

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