Apple admits to slowing down older iPhones

Apple admits to slowing down older iPhones

The discrepancy between processors and batteries runs deep - and it's increasingly being highlighted, as lithium-ion batteries are recognized as not having much room for improvement.

"Many iPhone 6s devices were shutting down unexpectedly, even after the battery replacement program (Which many people weren't entitled to use)".

However, Apple said in a statement to The Verge that it is slowing down processors not to push customers to upgrade to new phones, but because it makes it easier for older batteries in iPhones to continue performing after they started aging. iPhones essentially hit peaks of processing power that the battery can not keep up with as they age. The company included code in iOS 10.2.1 earlier this year that was a fix for iPhone 6 users experiencing sudden shutdowns.

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Since then, Apple has confirmed that it is throttling iPhone performance as iPhone batteries age and their capacity deteriorates. "When your battery is degrading, you have the choice of either living with a slightly slower operation of the phone, or changing the battery", he said.

"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices", Apple said in a statement, as reported by The Verge.

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That means the device will unexpectedly shut down to protect its electronic components. "We've now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future".

So, rather than planned obsolescence as many had assumed, it turns out there's a good reason for throttling performance.

Prof Subodh added that a typical lithium-ion battery is rated up to a thousand charging cycles, which averages to a battery life of about three years if a phone is charged once a day. "Why not just offer to replace the battery instead?"

Apple doesn't make it easy to replace batteries.

But some customers say the company's strategy of dealing with the power demand pushes them to replace their older iPhones with newer models.

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