Apple admits to slowing down old iPhones

Apple admits to slowing down old iPhones

Apple admits to slowing down old iPhones

It had always been rumored that Apple purposefully caused its phones to slow down over time.

With the ramifications from Apple's statement still reverberating, what's an old iPhone user to do?

"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices", Apple said in a statement to CBS This Morning. Lithium-ion becomes less capable after hundreds of charges, which can result in phones randomly shutting down. Introduced previous year for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone SE, the feature is aimed at preventing unexpected device shutdowns, the company said.

Currently, affected models are iPhone 7, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE, with other models potentially receiving the same feature in the future.

Last year, Apple released an iOS update with a better power management capability.

John Poole, the founder of software company Primate Labs, wrote on Geekbench, that Apple had itself to blame for this theory taking hold. Actually, it's to avoid random, sudden shutdowns. Poole explained that users expect their phones to perform the same regardless of how old the battery is, but his tests indicated that wasn't the case.

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"This fix creates a third, unexpected state".

At this rate Apple could just as well cut its research budget on innovating and sell the same phones with a few minor tweaks each year, relying on comparisons against older SLOWED down phones for speed and performance boosts comparisons!

It slows your phone down if it has an old battery or if you're in a place with extremely cold temperatures. "This will likely feed into the "planned obsolescence" narrative". Apple says that "some features might not work" in this mode, so be warned.

"If you stuck with an older version of iOS, then what would happen would be your phone would be fast, but it might crash randomly", he told U.S. business news network CNBC.

If you want to get the most from your phone, try to look after it, don't use it in extreme heat, don't overcharge it - oh, and do NOT charge your phone in extreme heat, that's really going to kick it in the guts. Bogdanovich asserts that the slowdowns are generally just a ploy to get smartphone users to upgrade their devices, therefore allowing Apple to rake in that much more cash as a result.

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