Apple admits to slowing down older iPhones

Apple just revealed why old iPhones get slower every year — and it’s not why many thought

Apple has confirmed it does deliberately slow down older iPhones, but the company insists this is actually a feature created to prolong the life of the handset.

The aging battery means your phone could have trouble operating or might unexpectedly shut down, like happened to the iPhone 6 and 6S a year ago.

Demanding Apple give us a setting so we can choose if performance degrades as the battery ages isn't a good idea-although plenty of iPhone owners would love that option.

Apple has now admitted that the slowing of the phone's central processing unit (CPU) does take place, although not to force consumers to upgrade their devices. After replacing the battery, Geekbench showed that the scores had almost doubled.

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He found some of these older iPhones did indeed appear to have been deliberately slowed down. However, with Apple confirming the latest features of their new iOS software, fans of the tech giant might need to consider a newer model after all. If the firm had clearly stated "We're going to make a change that will affect your phone's performance when the battery gets old, to stop it from randomly shutting down throughout its life", it would have pre-empted complaints and kept customers (relatively) happy.

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 added. "We've now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future", the official statement read. 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. The outcome is generally a stage where the phone shuts down inadvertently, and Apple is trying to prevent these random shutdown.

The issue comes from the iPhone's battery, rather than its processor. The company behind the processor benchmarking software GeekBench, Primate Labs released charts based on their data which showed the drop in performance of older iPhones.

A recent reddit post sparked speculation that Apple is underclocking the CPU of iPhones with degraded batteries to prevent unintended shutdowns and extend battery life.

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But Apple does charge £79 in the United Kingdom (or $79/£59 in the US) to replace batteries not covered under the phone's warranty.

Experts say the more a person charges their gadget, the quicker the battery ages.

But certainly, there is an argument that Apple should have been more transparent about the slowdown "feature", and some will feel their trust in the company has been dented by the admission.

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