Here's Why Apple Slows Down Old iPhones

Here's Why Apple Slows Down Old iPhones


It's a problem a lot of Apple users face - older iPhones seeming to slowing down when newer models and software updates are released. They also discovered that Apple is limiting the processing speed on phones with older batteries.

Remember, if you can't live with the limitations but don't want to buy a new phone, replacing your waning battery with a brand new one should lift your processor back up to its maximum speed.

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.

"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", an Apple statement read.

A year ago 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.

The limiting of the peak performance of the iPhone's processor because of Apple's control of how much power the processor can draw ends up slowing down the phones while preventing a sudden shut down.

Apple confirmed investigations into the health of its iPhones as they age today, December 20. Sure it's an expensive undertaking for Apple, but a user should be guaranteed a certain level of performance for the lifetime of a product, until Apple stops supporting it with new software. "A notification stating that the battery needs service would be a simple way to reduce users' concerns and help them address this problem". Moreover, external factors such as extreme weather conditions can also affect battery life. Futuremark, a Finnish benchmarking company, published a study in October which concluded that Apple does not throttle older devices and that it "actually does a good job of supporting its older devices with regular updates that maintain a consistent level of performance across iOS versions".

As batteries age, they can put out less power.

But is it true or just a conspiracy theory?

Replacing an iPhone battery with Apple is free if the handset is still under warranty. While he criticized Apple's official battery replacement cost, he said he believes the iOS feature to curb performance for battery preservation is a "reasonable" approach.

  • Terrell Bush