Apple Confirmed Slow Performance of iPhone Due To Battery Age

Elias Hubbard
December 23, 2017

"While this state is created to mask a deficiency in battery power, users may believe that the slow down is due to CPU (central processing unit) performance, instead of battery performance, which is triggering an Apple introduced CPU slowdown". They determined that the phenomenon was not only real but appeared to be linked to operating system upgrades that most users approve without thinking.

The confirmation came after images of a performance test on an iPhone 6s was posted on Reddit, suggested that speculation that the company deliberately slowed down older models of its popular phone was true.

Apple said it was only protecting its customers, because when batteries get cold, old or have a low charge, they can just switch off.

Users of the iPhone 6, 6S and SE may have experienced this mysterious slowing down of their devices, and that will now also include iPhone 7 users. They allege that Apple engaged in "deceptive, immoral, and unethical" practices, reports Business Insider Friday.

Complaints about the slowed phones had been making the rounds on social media in recent weeks and Primate's research, in part, prompted Apple's statement on Wednesday.

On the other hand, Hanlon's Razor might apply here: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

Owners of iPhones have long said that their devices seem to slow down over time and that replacing the battery seems to boost performance.

"I felt like I was ripped off because I felt like they were forcing me to buy a new iPhone and I didn't like that", says iPhone user Heidi Daraz. According to the lawsuit, Apple's iOS updates "were engineered to purposefully slow down or "throttle down" the performance speeds" of select iPhone models. There isn't even an onscreen message or display until your phone's battery is perilously close to permanent death. In fact, it hasn't told you that at all, which is poor communication. And Apple offers in-store battery replacements for $79, while some iPhone 6s units qualify for free replacements. This would have represented a far more understandable solution to the problem.

The secret throttling of devices is something that was thought to have been debunked, but an admission direct from Apple confirms people's suspicions, and has caused disappointment in the company's fanbase.

This furstration, drawing enormous consumer ire and frustraition, can be pinned on no one but Apple themselves. After all, if it was for the consumers' benefit, why not brag about it?

TeckFire figured that it was just iOS 11, being very bad.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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