Apple might be slowing down old iPhones to preserve battery life

Apple Acknowledges That Older iPhones Slow Down To Deal With Aging Batteries

Although the company's reasons are clear, Apple could have made a better effort of letting users know why their device gets slower over time.

In a statement, the tech company said lithium-ion batteries become less capable of providing peak current demands in cold conditions when they have a low charge, or as they age over time.

According to the spokesperson, the company released a feature past year for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE that is created to "smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down".

iPhone users can purchase a new battery for their older model if they don't want to fork over hundreds of dollars for an entirely new phone.

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Apple has admitted to deliberately slowing down the operation of older phones to avoid them from shutting down unexpectedly.

The iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 are all impacted.

iPhone users have long complained their devices seem to slow down when new models are released.

Apple has further delved into the issue of lithium-ion batteries on its website, which have a limited life span. The system works by limiting power drain on older batteries, batteries with low charge and when in cold environments. "Couldn't figure out why, but just thought that iOS 11 was still terrible to me".

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"Our benchmarking data shows that, rather than intentionally degrading the performance of older models, Apple actually does a good job of supporting its older devices with regular updates that maintain a consistent level of performance across iOS versions". The processors in those devices wanted to hit faster speeds, but their batteries couldn't handle the demand, prompting some phones to simply switch themselves off. "The other problem with holding back on security updates is you lose the security improvements and fixes that Apple makes with every release, thus putting you in danger of ... hackers and whatnot". In the wake of Apple's admission, some customers are criticizing the company for not being more transparent about how it handles device performance.

According to Bogdanovich's complaint, he and other iPhone users never agreed to Apple's decision to cap the processing power of older devices and doing so lowers the value and functionality of the previous generation handsets.

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

Apple said it wanted to "prolong the life" of customers' devices.

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