Apple admits to deliberately slowing older iPhones

Bill Rogers
December 22, 2017

Bogdanovich has gone on record in the paperwork as saying that the company's method of slowing performance in older phone models in order to converse battery life was never something that users ever had a say in or agreed upon in any way.

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.

For some people, the solution to a slower, older iPhone may be updating its battery instead of purchasing a brand new device. We have now extended this feature to the iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2 and we plan to add this feature to other products in the future.

IT giant Apple has admitted what many iPhone users had long suspected - that it slows down the performance of older devices.

"(But) it is a trade-off.

If you've got an older phone and want the best performance, consider getting a battery replacement done - $119 at Apple Stores, and you'll find other "mobile doctors" offering the service cheaper I'm sure.

Social media has been abuzz for the last day amid news that Apple has been intentionally limiting the performance of its older iPhone models.

More news: Chloe Kohanski Bags 'The Voice' Season 13 Grand Prize

However, this week a simple advice post online titled "PSA: iPhone slow?"

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.

Plaintiffs Stefan Bogdanovich and Dakota Speas filed the lawsuit in the Central District Court of California.

Lithium-ion batteries are commonly used in mobile devices, and charging capacity naturally wanes with use and time. Owners can also purchase a kit to replace the battery. "Couldn't figure out why, but just thought that iOS 11 was still very bad to me". There's no charge if you paid up front for AppleCare Plus coverage and have a battery Apple thinks warrants replacing.

John Poole, the founder of software company Primate Labs, wrote on Geekbench, that Apple had itself to blame for this theory taking hold.

Apple is fortunate to be the software maker and hardware maker here, will be interesting to see what tests are conducted on other phones.

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

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER