Apple Slowing iPhones With Older Batteries to Prevent Shutdowns

Joanna Estrada
December 21, 2017

Instead, Apple opted to bake a "Your battery needs service" message into iOS.

However the ability to provide peak current also degrades, and that causes another set of problems.

The practice was confirmed after users shared performance tests online, showing their ageing iPhones had considerably slowed down as they got older.

As for owners of older iphone's such as the iphone 6 then the way to avoid the dreaded slowdown is NOT to update your IOS software.

Previous 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.

Some iPhone users have long suspected that Apple was intentionally slowing down older devices, while others have blamed the problem on glitches in new releases of the company's mobile operating system. That way the new battery would be able to speed up your old iPhone.

When an iPhone's processor makes a big current draw from a flagging battery, the battery can deliver the current in spikes that can potentially damage the phone's electronics. "Geekbench reports that iOS 11.2.0 introduces similar throttling for iPhone 7 units with older batteries". However, while some in the tech press attempted to explain the reasoning, the exact method employed - and the impact on performance - was never explicitly communicated to users. That shows up when the li-ion pack was particularly close to being end-of-life, and in need of replacement. Replacing an iPhone battery is not easy to do, but professionals can do it quickly and at a much lower cost than purchasing a new phone. Apple subsequently extended that functionality to include the iPhone 7.

I don't know about you but to me this smells like a scam that encourages customers upgrade from what should be perfectly fine for several more years iphone's. But it's largely shrugged off with smartphones - it doesn't help that the battery is not user replaceable. In the wake of Apple's admission, some customers are criticizing the company for not being more transparent about how it handles device performance.

Apple has sold more than 1 billion iPhones since they first came to market.

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