Apple just confirmed what many thought might just be their imagination. Apple admits it’s intentionally slowing down older iPhones. The reason, the company says, is that aging lithium batteries that can’t keep up with device processing speeds. That means faced with whether to come clean and replace aging batteries, Apple was content just to let its customers think their devices were slowing without explanation.
It started with a Reddit discussion about whether replacing aging iPhone batteries could impact performance. John Poole, founder of Primate Labs, which produces Greenbench processor measurement software, brought the receipts in a detailed blog post.
“Apple acknowledged the sudden shutdown issue that affected the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s earlier this year,” Poole wrote. “However, does the same issue affect the iPhone 7? Apple appears to have added a similar change to iOS 11.2.0 for the iPhone 7.”
He added that beyond covering up the design issues and failing to replace faulty batteries, Apple’s undercover software slowdown fix promotes the idea that phones need to be replaced more frequently than necessary, offering the added bottom-line benefits.
On Wednesday, Apple admitted it:
Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices. Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components.
Last year we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions. We’ve now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future.
Here’s the full statement:
Apple’s statement on iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone SE power management (the slowdown): pic.twitter.com/3RpE3fKCQc
— Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie) December 20, 2017
Needless the say, the public feels a little duped.
For years, we’ve reassured people that no, Apple doesn’t secretly slow down their older iPhones to make them buy new ones.
If this must be done, it should be a setting. If it’s on by default, the user should be alerted the first time it happens.https://t.co/kRRmd7mN72
— Marco Arment (@marcoarment) December 20, 2017
Your move Apple.
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