Apple finally admits it deliberately slows down old iPhones

Lynne Hanson
December 22, 2017

Two iPhone owners based in Los Angeles sued Apple on Thursday, a day after the company admitted it slows down older iPhones to prevent unexpected battery shutdowns. Introduced previous year for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone SE, the feature is aimed at preventing unexpected device shutdowns, the company said.

He wants Apple to stop slowing down older phones and get some payback for damages.

The feature, which slows performance to demand less power, has been extended to iPhone 7 handsets with the latest iOS operating software and will be added to other Apple products "in the future", the spokesperson said.

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.

"(But) it is a trade-off.

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That's despite the fact that for most users affected, there would have been much cheaper solution available: They could have restored their Phone to full power simply by getting their battery replaced - which, when done by Apple, just costs $79.

Earlier this year Apple updated iOS to 10.2.1 which included a little fix.

"My iPhone 6S has been very slow these past few weeks, and even after updating multiple times, it was still slow", the user named TeckFire wrote. Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which... Taking either approach would void Apple's warranty.

Lithium-ion batteries are commonly used in mobile devices, and charging capacity naturally wanes with use and time. Although, it's possible that Apple would rather people not get a blunt notification of how soon after their purchase a phone's battery is turning into useless garbage. Other users chimed in with similar reports, and the developer of the iPhone speed test tool Geekbench sifted through his data to show that the phenomenon was pretty widespread, and apparently connected to certain versions of iOS. "That is, your battery won't power your device as long on a given charge". And an attorney who's made a name for himself suing tech companies told Crain's that he's weighing a lawsuit against Apple as well.

"So that's really not an ideal situation if you're relying on your phone day to day, like most of us are".

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