Apple admits to slowing down older iPhones

by Lawrence Cooper December 22, 2017, 0:38
Apple admits to slowing down older iPhones

Apple has confirmed that its iOS operating system deliberately slows the processor speeds of iPhones as they get older and the batteries deteriorate, prompting anger from some, who say Apple is just trying to trick customers into buying new devices. 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.

If you think your older iPhone seems to run slower, you're not insane. Apple charges $79 to replace the battery if the phone is no longer covered by a warranty.

The study found that certain versions of Apple's iOS operating software cause phones with worn batteries to "achieve much lower performance scores" than their newer counterparts with fresher battery packs, The Daily Telegraph reports.

Perhaps more than any other device, iPhone batteries are especially tricky to replace. Geekbench has a blog post with a bunch of data from iPhones that have been slowed.

"Last year, we have implemented a feature for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S and iPhone in order to stabilize the peak energy when necessary, and to prevent the out-line of the device under these conditions".

Apple said it released software a year ago that makes those models operate more slowly to countervail problems with their aging lithium ion batteries, which can sometimes cause operational problems or cause phones to unexpectedly shut down. 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.

Apple has since introduced the feature to the iPhone 7 with the release of iOS 11.2-first made available earlier this month-and said it plans to continue to add support for other products going forward.

Apple has responded to the allegations on this subject on the site techno The Verge: "Our goal is to offer the best experience to our customers, both at the level of the performance and lifetime of their device".

When the iPhone 7 was released previous year, Business Insider reported on a survey of buyers that listed the reasons why they upgraded. Let us know in the comments. After a iPhone battery replacement, CPU speed resumed to factory setting 1400MHz.

The widely believed theory that the company intentionally slows down older iPhones is true.


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