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Apple Inc. Admits to Slowing Old iPhones: Will This Hurt AAPL Stock?

22 December 2017

iPhones, like many recent Android devices, do not have batteries that can be easily replaced by users.

The aging battery means your phone could have trouble operating or might unexpectedly shut down, like happened to the iPhone 6 and 6S past year.

Singapore Polytechnic student Kirstin Yip, 19, who has owned three iPhones, including the 6s and 7 models, said: "As a millenial, I'm always on my phone, so fast performance is important to me".

Apple on Thursday copped to something users have long suspected: It slows down older iPhones. The company included code in iOS 10.2.1 earlier this year that was a fix for iPhone 6 users experiencing sudden shutdowns.

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"If Apple can show that the slowdowns are relative to the number of cycles that a battery has - which is information that an iPhone likely tracks, since Macs do so already - then there might be some truth to their claims", said Michael Oh, chief technology officer and founder of TSP, a Boston-based Apple partner.

The Verge received this statement from Apple: "Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices".

The feature was reportedly implemented on the iPhone 6, 6S and SE previous year during a software update, and on the iPhone 7 as of December with the release of iOS 11.2. Apple charges US$79 to replace batteries not covered under the phone's warranty. Two of the top reasons were features you might expect to draw upgraders. iPhone 7 was the first to be water resistant and the first to have a dual camera system.

"We've now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future", said the company in the statement.

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"The phone shutting down by itself and having a shorter battery life are minor inconveniences by comparison". But it's largely shrugged off with smartphones - it doesn't help that the battery is not user replaceable.

Apple has now clarified that as the batteries age, lithium-ion batteries used in its phones become less able to provide the top levels of electrical current needed.

Wednesday, reports say Apple slowed down iPhones because of battery problems. Or will they still upgrade to a new iPhone?

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Apple Inc. Admits to Slowing Old iPhones: Will This Hurt AAPL Stock?