Apple Just Confirmed Your Worst Suspicions About Your Slow iPhone

Apple Just Confirmed Your Worst Suspicions About Your Slow iPhone

According to the tech company, iPhones are slowed down to protect the lithium-ion battery from becoming faulty.

My own iPhone 6 experienced the auto-shutdown problem that Apple was addressing at times before I eventually upgraded, and a fix for that would've been welcome.

"Apple's decision to purposefully slowdown or throttle down these devices was undertaken to fraudulently induce consumers to purchase the latest iPhone versions of the iPhone 7, as well as new phones such as the iPhone 8 and iPhone X", the lawsuit said.

People anxious about performance could replace batteries, which Apple does for free for iPhones covered by warranty or for $79 if that is not the case. They allege it intentionally interfered with the phones to damage them, which became a "substantial factor in causing ... to replace iPhones, buy new batteries, or loss of usage of their iPhone".

Last year, Apple introduced a feature to "smooth out" spikes in demand for power to prevent iPhone 6 models from shutting down due to the cold or weak batteries, according to the California-based company.

"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices", said an Apple spokesperson. "We've now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support to other products in the future".

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The statement from Apple came in response to a report from earlier this week from Primate Labs, the company behind the Geekbench processor benchmarking software.

If you think your older iPhone seems to run slower, you're not insane. John Poole, founder of the organization, said in a blog post that processors in iPhones slow down and decrease in performance as batteries age and lose capacity.

"Users expect either full performance, or reduced performance with a notification that their phone is in low-power mode".

The plaintiffs seek to expand the action to include anyone across the country who purchased a newer model iPhone to address performance issues, but were never told by Apple a replacement battery could solve their phone's performance issues. Apple charges $79 to replace the battery of an iPhone that's no longer covered by a warranty.

It had always been rumored that Apple purposefully caused its phones to slow down over time.

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