Apple Finally Admitted To Intentionally Slowing Down Older iPhones

Apple Finally Admitted To Intentionally Slowing Down Older iPhones

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It's a problem that is all too familiar to Apple's iPhone users: every time a new model of smartphone is released by the company, all previous models suddenly take a hit when it comes to speed and, consequently, performance. It discovered that the iPhone 6's score for iOS 10.2.0 appears "unimodal" (that is, it doesn't change) in performance, but when it studied the iPhone 6 running iOS 10.2.1, the performance peaked around the average score and several other peaks around some of the lower scores.

He wants Apple to stop slowing down older phones and get some payback for damages. If you use your phone particularly heavily, or don't follow best practices for preserving your battery's life, you can see performance drop-offs within a year of buying a new phone. Geekbench has a blog post with a bunch of data from iPhones that have been slowed.

A user of the site Reddit has found out recently that the processor of the iPhone became less and less powerful as the battery of the device was of age.

"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.

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Apple Finally Admitted To Intentionally Slowing Down Older iPhones

The tech giant revealed in a statement, reported by Tech Crunch, that it released an update to its iOS operating system past year for its iPhone 6, 6S and SE products.

"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices", a spokesperson for Apple said. 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.

The feature, which slows performance to demand less power, has been extended to iPhone 7 handsets with the latest iOS operating software and will be added to other Apple products "in the future", the spokesperson said. Let us know in the comments. An intentional slowdown would function as a safeguard against the "sudden shutdowns" - an issue Apple acknowledged earlier this year - that plague older devices. But it's largely shrugged off with smartphones - it doesn't help that the battery is not user replaceable. So will the owners of these devices opt for a $79 battery replacement to restore battery life and performance?

  • Terrell Bush