If you’ve ever found your smartphone running at a crawl after a few years of use, it’s not just you – Apple has confirmed it is slowing down some older iPhones.
But despite theories that slowing performance is a ploy to get customers to upgrade to a new handset, there’s more to it than that.
It seems slow performance is linked to the life cycle of the iPhone battery, and the speed of the handset is decreased to ensure that it doesn’t suddenly turn off.
“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.
“Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components.
“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.
“We’ve now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future.”
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For those with a slower, older iPhone, there is a fix – replacing the battery.
So it's true Apple intentionally slow down old iPhones. Proof: My iPhone 6 was bought 3years ago and recently got really slow. APP 'CPU DasherX' shows iPhone CPU is under clocked running at 600MHz. After a iPhone battery replacement. CPU speed resumed to factory setting 1400MHz. pic.twitter.com/pML3y0Jkp2