By now, you’ve probably heard or read headlines about Apple slowing down your iPhone. Don’t worry, if you haven’t heard about the same, you can get a gist of it from here.
To clear the air – although many iPhones have been slowed down, NOT ALL of them have been. If you want to check if your device has been victimised, you can download the Geekbench 4 app from the App Store and benchmark your iPhone. If it has a noticeably lower score than the average (which you can check in the application itself), your iPhone indeed, has been purposefully throttled or slowed down by Apple.
Throttle or slow down simply means, that the CPU/GPU speed has been reduced. You might notice this through lags or frame drops on your iPhone when you multitask or put load on the CPU/GPU by using some CPU/GPU intensive apps.
The reason for this, Apple has cited, is that batteries deteriorate over time and may not be able to keep up with the requirements of the system. Hence the CPU/GPU of the iPhone has been throttled to ensure that the user does not lose data or face any unexpected shutdowns.
Apple has promised that future updates will let users know about this and it will also enable them to check the battery health. However, no comments were made as to whether the throttling would be stopped or could be controlled by users.
After facing some pungent criticism by media and various iPhone users, Apple apologised and reduced the battery replacement cost from $79 to $29. In India, this meant that the cost was approximately reduced from ₹6500 to ₹2000. This replacement policy is applicable for iPhone 6 and above regardless of their battery health and is valid upto the end of 2018.
Eventually, Apple’s efforts to pacify the situation failed because hard-hitting criticism by users and the media reached its peak and there were reports predicting that Apple’s doomsday was coming!
In a recent interview with ABC, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook said,
“First in a developer release that happens next month, we’re going to give people the visibility of the health of their battery. So it’s very, very transparent. This hasn’t been done before but we’ve thought through this whole thing and learned everything we can learn from it.
So we want to do that, and in the situation, and we will tell someone we’re slightly reducing or we’re reducing your performance by some amount in order to not have an unexpected restart. And if you don’t want it, you can turn it off. Now we don’t recommend it because we think people’s iPhones are really important to them, and you never can tell when something is so urgent. Our actions were all in service of the user. I can’t stress that enough. “
You can watch the entire interview here.
Unfortunately, Tim Cook wasn’t asked why other smart phone manufacturers do not need to slow down their devices as their batteries age. If you are really curious, go ahead and write an email to him!
Moreover, when Samsung and Motorola were asked if they throttle their devices as batteries age, they responded negatively.
So all the Android users out there, rest assured that your phones haven’t been throttled purposefully!