Apple Admits to Slowing Down Its Older Phones -- but for Good Reason


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Slowing down older iPhones when you buy a new one? This was what was noted by users and what has been going down for a while. When a Reddit user had his iPhone 6 battery replaced, there was a marked improvement in the performance. Geekbench later said that Apple was slowing down older phones when they get a system update starting with the iOS 10.2.1 OS to supposedly implement a fix.

In mid-December however, Apple explained the fix -- that it is slowing down older iPhones to smooth out their performance when their batteries have degraded. The fix means there is an internal reorder to reduce simultaneous high-power demands, slowing the performance of the iPhone 6, 6S, SE and the iPhone 7. 

Class-action lawsuits have been mounting against Apple by older iPhone users since they made their announcement demanding that Apple be forthcoming in what it's doing to their phones and to stop throttling the speed of their iPhones. 

Some say however that people do not understand the issues about the battery that Apple is trying to grapple with. “The typical estimated life of a Lithium-Ion battery is about two to three years or 300 to 500 charge cycles, whichever occurs first. One charge cycle is a period of use from fully charged, to fully discharged, and fully recharged again,” says Tektronix, and that iPhone 6 is already three years old, and the iPhone 7 two years old by 2018 so Apple decided altogether to just slow down their batteries thru the OS update to prevent their shutting-off altogether as they are being used. 

Another suggested solution is to have the iPhone battery be user-replaceable, but the hardware jungle inside is quite a maze to navigate and there is the danger of the iPhone being destroyed if just anybody tinkers with it. Plus the fact that iPhone batteries are getting slimmer and slimmer every year. iPhone also promised a replacement for its batteries on iPhone 6, but replacing the battery is not free if the unit is already out of warranty. 

The only way to resolve the issue may be to just make the battery easily replaceable but those suing the company may be hard-pressed to demonstrate actual damage from the slower iPhones.