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Apple slows some older iPhones because of flagging batteries

22 December 2017

Apple customers have complained of slower working phones for a while.

The company, which expects its phones to last for three years, has now said it does slow down some models as they age, but only because the phones' battery performance diminishes over time.

Performance testing done with the help of specialized applications have confirmed that there is indeed a difference between two similar devices, one powered by a battery that is aging, and the other, with a new battery.

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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.

To prevent that, Apple says it created software that manages the batteries as they age. The reports are particularly troubling because any perceived slowdowns by iPhone users might tempt owners to upgrade their entire device instead of replace the battery. So he plotted the kernel density of Geekbench 4 scores for the iPhone 6s on multiple iOS versions. iOS 10.2 turned out to be the version where the performance of the device showed signs of being throttled. "We've now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future". The software was rolled out in 2016 to protect from a common problem with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S.

Not everyone was happy with Apple's explanation, or the fact that the company called slowing down its products a feature. Your iPhone really does slow down as it becomes outdated.

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But the use of a relatively new phone model from a prominent supplier like Apple provides additional evidence of heightened competition among the wireless carriers, which have been frequently updating their offers in recent weeks.

Apple's admission contradicts earlier information released by benchmarking company Futuremark. However, Stefan Bogdanovich argues in his lawsuit that this practice isn't disclosed to iPhone customers when they sign their contracts with Apple.

Last year, Apple introduced a feature to "smooth out" spikes in demand for power to prevent iPhone 6 models from shutting down due to the cold or weak batteries, according to the California-based company. Apple charges $79 to replace the battery of an iPhone that's no longer covered by a warranty.

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Apple slows some older iPhones because of flagging batteries