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Apple Confesses to Slowing Older iPhones

PaulRubens - December 21, 2017 - 08:45 AM
Apple Confesses to Slowing Older iPhones
Apple says it slows some of its iPhone models to compensate for the diminishing performance of their batteries.

(CCM) — Apple has admitted that its software deliberately slows down older iPhone models, according to a BBC report.


Some Apple users have noticed that their iPhones have slowed, and many suspected that the company makes this happen to encourage them to purchase newer models. But Apple denies this, saying that it slows the devices because their batteries' performance degrade over time.

"Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, [when they] 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," the company explained.

It said that a software feature added to iPhone 6, 6S, and SE models last year slows the devices "to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions."

The company added that this feature has been extended to the iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and that it intends to slow other products down for the same reason in the future.

Chris Green, from technology consultancy Bright Bee, expressed mixed feelings about Apple's actions. "You're taking away performance that somebody has paid for. But I do see where they're coming from. By slowing the phone, it does help mitigate the problem of the diminishing battery," he said in the report.

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