For long, there were rumours and conspiracies amongst people that Apple slows down their older iPhone’s, so that they are forced to buy better, newer and more expensive iPhones making their older phone “obsolete”. Recently, there was a report that suggested Apple might be slowing down its iPhones as they batteries age. After this report came to light, numerous individuals and firms corroborated the report. Finally, after being backed down in the corner, Apple laid rest to these conspiracies, reports by admitting that it does deliberately slow down the operation of older iPhones, and says it is doing so to avoid the devices from shutting down because of aging batteries.
If you think your old iPhone is slowing down, you are not crazy to think so and it might be slowed down by Apple itself, though for a much different reason than you thought so. So why is Apple doing this?
Apple said a software feature released last year makes your phone operate more slowly to ameliorate the problems of its aging lithium ion battery. As batteries get older, they don’t hold their charges as well as newer batteries, and these problems exacerbate when the charge is low, or the temperature is cold.
The aging battery means your phone could have trouble operating or might unexpectedly shut down, as happened to the iPhone 6 and 6S last year. It turned out that in demanding situations, the battery couldn’t keep up with the processor’s demand and the phone would abruptly switch off.
To address this issue, Apple released a feature in iOS 10.2.1, that incorporated better power management capabilities. The Operating system would throttle the speed of the processor thereby limiting its performance and preventing it from unexpectedly shutting off. This year’s iOS 11.2 extended the feature to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. It will be applied to other Apple devices in the future.
After Apple’s admission, there was a huge backlash from its community and industry experts considering its lack of transparency and keeping its users in the dark of when it starts to throttle their phones. The customers aren’t pleased and its apparent with the class-action lawsuit, alleging breach of contract, filed against Apple in the federal court. The only silver lining to this saga, is that if you think your old or new iPhone is slowing down beyond the usual standards, the possible solution to your woe is getting your battery replaced.