Apple Finally Admitted To Intentionally Slowing Down Older iPhones

Apple Finally Admitted To Intentionally Slowing Down Older iPhones

Some have said they believe it to be effort by Apple (and other tech companies) to purposely hamper the performance in order to get users to buy new models. 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.

Apple has been intentionally slowing down older iPhones, and some of its users aren't happy about it.

Apple has been super effective at selling a new iPhone for existing customers for years.

Some Reddit users report that replacing their batteries has returned performance and CPU clock speeds back to normal.

One solution to a slower, older iPhone would be to buy a new battery instead of a new phone. Apple didn't say exactly what the threshold is for slowing down a device, but battery life rated as "Poor" or worse is likely to be a problem.

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They were reacting to Apple's statement on Wednesday - in response to a claim by an app company earlier this week - that it had introduced a software feature past year to prevent phones from unexpectedly shutting down.

The affected iPhones are the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, iPhone SE, and more recently the iPhone 7. Other users chimed in with similar reports, and the developer of the iPhone speed test tool Geekbench sifted through his data to show that the phenomenon was pretty widespread, and apparently connected to certain versions of iOS. It has been since expanded to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2. The lithium-ion batteries are less able to respond to peaks in demand in case of cold weather, low battery charge, or aging with time, which may lead to an unexpected closure of the unit to protect electronic components. And millions of people have bought new phones for that very reason... Let us know in the comments.

Now that degrading battery performance with time is in the spotlight - and has been linked to sluggish performance - will that impact iPhone sales?

Some outraged consumers see this as a plot by Apple to force people to upgrade their iPhones more often ― and it could certainly have that effect ― but there is a cheaper fix: replacing your battery.

Not everyone was happy with Apple's explanation, or the fact that the company called slowing down its products a feature. So will the owners of these devices opt for a $79 battery replacement to restore battery life and performance?

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