Apple admits it's making older iPhones slow down

Report: Apple admits its slowing down older iPhones

Apple admits it's making older iPhones slow down

If simply replacing an iPhone battery can make an older iPhone faster again, will that impact iPhone sales going forward?

The aging battery means your phone could have trouble operating or might unexpectedly shut down, like happened to the iPhone 6 and 6S past year. But the good news is that it's not for the reason you might think.

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Reddit users have noticed that Apple appears to be slowing down old iPhones that have low capacity batteries. The company included code in iOS 10.2.1 earlier this year that was a fix for iPhone 6 users experiencing sudden shutdowns.

She has used an iPhone 7 for the past four months, and has not updated to the latest operating software as she has heard that battery life might be affected.

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"Because degraded batteries last much less and end up with a lower voltage Apple's solution was to scale down CPU performance, it doesn't solve anything and is a bad experience... but it's better than having your device shutdown at 40% when you need it the most".

In a statement released to The Verge, Apple said it was throttling to prevent devices from "unexpectedly shutting down" and "to protect its electronic components".

Apple said in the statement that past year the company released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE aimed at "smoothing out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions". After I updated my phone reluctantly I might add, my phone started acting very slow, but again we sounded insane when we said this was Apple's doing. And because it's so gradual, progressively shorter battery life is ignored by most people, until it's time for a new iPhone.

Apple doesn't make it easy to replace batteries. "Why not just offer to replace the battery instead?"

The admission comes days after a popular Reddit post that said performance for older iPhones can be improved by changing the battery. Consumers could say they were confused and had no real information to go by, so buying a new iPhone was probably the best decision.

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