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22 December 2017, 01:11 | Denise Dawson
Apple Says It Does Indeed Slow Down Older iPhones As They Age
Tech giant Apple recently acknowledged that it has been throttling the performance of some older iPhones with cold or aging batteries.
But some owners prefer faster performance.
"Last year we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions", Apple said in a statement.
Modern technology changes so rapidly that the fancy phones that debut on a yearly basis become obsolete pretty much just as quickly, with companies like Apple touting new hardware that is sometimes multiple times more powerful than even recent iterations.
In a Twitter thread, developer Guilherme Rambo said that he tested the effect of Apple's iOS 10.2.1 and 11.2.0 updates on the battery life of the iPhone 6S and 7 and found an interesting secret.
Apple releases new iPhone models annually, and sales of the handsets power its money-making engine.
This is a pretty typical Apple statement in many ways, but it will be interpreted by many over the days ahead, and nothing can erase the "Apple intentionally slows your iPhone" headlines online.
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.
When an iPhone's processor makes a big current draw from a flagging battery, the battery can deliver the current in spikes that can potentially damage the phone's electronics. Apple says that "some features might not work" in this mode, so be warned.
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. There's no charge if you paid up front for AppleCare Plus coverage and have a batteryApple thinks warrants replacing.
Q: Why is this admission from Apple important?
"So that's really not an ideal situation if you're relying on your phone day to day, like most of us are".
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