Apple admits it slows down older iPhones

Apple finally admits to slowing down your older iPhone

While Apple's approach here makes sense, the company should have been more forthright about it from the get-go; especially since iPhone users, for years on end, were told that they were insane for even suggesting that Apple would purposefully slow down older devices. 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.

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Apple iPhone users for years have wondered why their phone seems to go slow, compared with newer models. This year's iOS 11.2 extended the feature to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

"First, it appears the problem is widespread, and will only get worse as phones (and their batteries) continue to age", Geekbench explained. Last year's update acts as a workaround by slowing down the performance of phones with older and low-charged batteries. "It's clear that controversies like this - underpinned by conspiracy theories around planned obsolescence - sprout up because there is a lack of communication between device manufacturers like Apple and consumers", said Warren and Statt.

"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.

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.

Currently, affected models are iPhone 7, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE, with other models potentially receiving the same feature in the future.

Apple design of handsets makes it borderline impossible for people to change batteries themselves. Bogdanovich asserts that the slowdowns are generally just a ploy to get smartphone users to upgrade their devices, therefore allowing Apple to rake in that much more cash as a result. But if a new battery will restore their phones, how many people will buy a new iPhone just because their old iPhone is starting to feel like it can't keep up?

"Apple has always been very good about managing expectations... this is an instance where they blew it. Needlessly, I think". Coupled with the fact that products like the iPhone X aren't making having the best possible device any cheaper, the proposition of owning an iPhone is becoming an increasingly dicey one, according to him.

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