Apple Admits to Slowing Down Older Phones

Terry Joseph
December 22, 2017

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.

A headline this week about Apple purportedly throttling the performance of older iPhones to preserve battery life has struck a chord on the internet.

Apple said the problem stemmed from the fact that all lithium-ion batteries, not just those found in Apple products, degrade and have problems supplying the needed power as they age and accumulate charging cycles.

That means the device will unexpectedly shut down to protect its electronic components. Apple has admitted the slow down voluntarily the old iPhone models in order to extend their shelf life. As TechCrunch goes on to explain, reduced performance is an inevitable part of dealing with battery technology, and a phone running a bit slower during moments of peak performance is clearly preferable to the device shutting off entirely to protect itself from damage.

The iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 are all impacted.

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Once word of Poole's test results began to spread, Apple was effectively forced to issue a statement on the matter. But the company has always been criticized by fix advocates for making the batteries hard for users to replace on their own.

IPhone 6 and 6S users had similar issues a year ago, says Alphr, before Apple rectified the "widespread problem" by releasing the speed-limiting software update. And millions of people have bought new phones for that very reason...

Now it has been revealed that Apple is slowing down older iPhones as it releases a new model, or models. It has been since expanded to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2.

Apple responded officially saying "Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices". Check your Geekbench scores and see what you get if your phone is still slow! The system works by limiting power drain on older batteries, batteries with low charge and when in cold environments.

As batteries get older, they don't hold their charges as well as newer batteries, and can have worse problems when the charge is low or the temperature is cold.

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