Apple reportedly slows down older iPhones to reduce battery issues

Apple reportedly slows down older iPhones to reduce battery issues

A headline this week about Apple purportedly throttling the performance of older iPhones to preserve battery life has struck a chord on the internet. "Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components".

"Last year, we have implemented a feature for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S and iPhone in order to stabilize the peak energy when necessary, and to prevent the out-line of the device under these conditions".

Apple has confirmed the suspicions of many iPhone owners by revealing it does deliberately slow down some smartphone models as they age.

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

Lithium-ion batteries are commonly used in mobile devices, and charging capacity naturally wanes with use and time. Apple's fix appears to be throttling the CPU to prevent the phone from randomly shutting down. 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.

Although Apple didn't release any statement at the time, the issue came to the forefront again when the iPhone 7 received the iOS 11.2 update. The system works by limiting power drain on older batteries, batteries with low charge and when in cold environments.




On the other hand, there's a lot of negative reaction to this information, probably because people think Apple could manufacture higher quality hardware that doesn't see its peak performance decline quite so quickly.

Bogdanovich and Speas, represented by the Los Angeles-based Wilshire Law Firm, argued that Apple never asked them for permission to install this feature and did not give them the option to choose or bargain a way to turn off the feature.

Q: What has Apple said on the matter?

The battery replacement problem is an example why a growing community of gadget lovers are calling for laws to ensure consumers have a legal "right to repair" their own electronics.

In a subsequent statement about the issue, Apple said, "Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices".

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