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Apple Admits To Slowing Older Phones Because Of Battery Issues

22 December 2017

Apple has admitted that it intentionally slows down older iPhone models to help preserve battery life in older phones.

But some owners prefer faster performance.

The company went on to say that the iPhone 6 contains a feature that slows the phone down "only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down" due to a depleted battery.

If you're an iPhone user, this sounds all too familiar: It seems every time Apple rolls out a newer, better version, you may get a little suspicious because your device - which was previously working fine - starts to spasm and glitch-out all of the sudden. "We've now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future".

"(But) it is a trade-off.

Replacing an old battery in one of the affected models should return the phone to its former speed.

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"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. Over many thousands of cycles a battery loses it's capacity to hold a charge, and that means changes in the output and that takes some adjusting for the device. Lithium-ion becomes less capable after hundreds of charges, which can result in phones randomly shutting down.

In a subsequent statement about the issue, Apple said, "Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices".

Once word of Poole's test results began to spread, Apple was effectively forced to issue a statement on the matter. 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.

The battery replacement problem is an example why a growing community of gadget lovers are calling for laws to ensure consumers have a legal "right to repair" their own electronics.

I don't know about you but to me this smells like a scam that encourages customers upgrade from what should be perfectly fine for several more years iphone's. Drain battery, charge, drain battery, charge - repeat. But now the company is being sued for its admission.

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

Apple Admits To Slowing Older Phones Because Of Battery Issues