Apple: Yes, we're slowing down older iPhones

James Marshall
December 23, 2017

Apple now admits it does tinker with old iPhone models.

The problems with peak current draws especially occur when batteries are cold or low on charge - "which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components", Apple said.

But the updates can also lead to disappointing speeds. While cold temperature and advanced battery wear are understandable conditions under which a device might not be able to sustain its normal operating conditions, the state of charge of a battery under otherwise normal conditions should be taken into account during the design of a device (Battery, SoC, PMIC, decoupling capacitors) and its operating tolerances.

"The inevitable outcome of it will be an inherent slowdown of the average response times by the system", he explained. Twitter user Sam_Siruomu posted this picture:Apple cleared the mist by accepting that it does slow down devices with aged batteries.

"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices", Apple said on Wednesday, December 20.

The revelation sparked an outcry among Apple fans, with some suggesting they may switch to rival Samsung.

So next time someone says that they think their phone performance is getting worse when a new iPhone comes out, you can tell them they're probably right.

This means, a new battery in your old device could well improve its performance.

The issue came to light on Reddit where a user found that when he upgraded the battery in his iPhone 6S it ran much faster, at original performance level, with the iOS 11 compared to how it was with the older battery. The processors in those devices wanted to hit faster speeds, but their batteries couldn't handle the demand, prompting some phones to simply switch themselves off.

In doing so, the company has confirmed the biggest conspiracy theory about the mobile phone is actually true.

Nearly 1,000 Reddit users responded to the post, many giving details of their own experiences with slow iPhones, particularly the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone SE and iPhone 7.

With the evidence in the open, Apple had no choice but to issue a statement. According to Futuremark, Apple has not been deliberately slowing the phones.

The problem can be fixed by replacing the phone's battery.

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