Apple Admits to Purposely Slowing iPhones as They Get Older

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Extended to the iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, the "feature" will spread to "other products in the future", basically aiming to "prolong the life" of your iDevices... at the expense of overall performance.

As mobile devices get older, users start to see their phones charging slower, and the device storing less charge than usual. Apple offered trade-ins for some models of the iPhone 6s, but there have been rumblings that it has affected other models, and, as Poole's research shows, the same processor performance degrading happened for him on the iPhone 7 as it did on the 6s.

Apple has admitted to intentionally slowing down iPhones as they get older, without notifying customers.

I had to replace the battery inside my iPhone 6S because it was revealed that some units had faulty batteries and my phone was one of them.

Ms Karissa Chua, a consumer electronics consultant at Euromonitor International, said it was common for the battery, speed and performance of all smartphones to degenerate over time with every update to the operating system and apps. You'd expect battery life to improve after replacing a battery, obviously. John Poole, founder of cross-platform benchmarking application Geekbench, looked into the matter and concluded that Apple had in fact introduced some sort of change to limit performance when a device's battery degrades past a certain point. This is essentially what we saw happening with the widespread shutdown issues on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. Your phone may run slower, but it's better than it suddenly shutting down with 75 percent battery. Furthermore, critics and experts agree that if anything, Apple should be doing something different instead of forcing older models to be capable of anything less than they original could.

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"Users expect either full performance, or reduced performance with a notification that their phone is in low-power mode", he wrote in a blog post earlier this week.

The feature is created to prevent the older phones from turning off unexpectedly, " data-href="http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-explains-why-older-iphones-appear-to-be-slowing-down-2017-12" target="_blank" reports Business Insider. This will likely feed into the "planned obsolecense" narritive.

It should be said that none of this has been confirmed (or denied) by Apple. If you're coming in significantly below where you should be, consider replacing the battery.

But Apple does charge £79 in the United Kingdom (or $79/£59 in the US) to replace batteries not covered under the phone's warranty.

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