Apple Admits To Slowing Older Phones Because Of Battery Issues

Apple users have long suspected it, and now they know they're right. Apple on Wednesday said a software feature released previous year makes your phone operate more slowly to offset problems with its aging lithium ion battery. The difference was highlighted in a recent Reddit post - and it was quantified in a blog post at Geekbench, the processor benchmarking company. Now that the proof is here, it would serve Apple to be more forthcoming as to what these updates do to their phones.

In other words, yes Apple slows old iPhones.

Smartphones' lithium-ion batteries lose their pep as they age, but their processors remain hungry for quick bursts of power. Apple's fix appears to be throttling the CPU to prevent the phone from randomly shutting down.

"Many iPhone 6s devices were shutting down unexpectedly, even after the battery replacement program (Which many people weren't entitled to use)".

Wednesday, reports say Apple slowed down iPhones because of battery problems.

"If Apple can show that the slowdowns are relative to the number of cycles that a battery has - which is information that an iPhone likely tracks, since Macs do so already - then there might be some truth to their claims", said Michael Oh, chief technology officer and founder of TSP, a Boston-based Apple partner.

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Apple has now admitted that simple battery replacement would fix both of these issues.

She said this was because "with every upgrade to the system, more processing power from the phone's hardware is required and this will place a greater strain on the battery life of the phone". As Kristin Persson, a professor of materials and engineering at University of California, Berkeley, told Marketplace this morning, lithium-ion batteries are "highly optimized", and researchers have been working on creating a better battery.

The company said, however, that it has good reason to do so.

"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices", Apple said in a statement, as reported by The Verge.

"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".

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