Is slowing the performance of iPhones Apple's only solution to battery degradation?

In a rare confession the tech giant Apple on Thursday reportedly issued a statement in which it has evidently admitted that it does slows down the performance of older phones, Thus confirming the long held suspicion by the iphone users. Apple uses some of the most powerful processors around which makes things even more complicated.

Apple said the feature is only applied in cases of extremely high or low temperatures, low charge or an aged battery, and was created to protect the internal components of the phone. On Wednesday, the company confirmed it was degrading the devices' performance by saying that in 2016 it had introduced an algorithm for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE, preventing the devices from shutting down when an older battery inside is unable to keep up with the required power.

The fix was supposed to help people get more out of their ageing batteries, and "reduce occurrences of unexpected shutdowns", according to the company. TeckFire did some research, replaced the iPhone 6S battery, and, along with other older iPhone users, reported that the new battery actually made the phone run faster.

Both Bogdanovich and Speas apparently own an iPhone 7 and they claim their phone is running slow after the update to the latest version of iOS.

The Chicago lawsuit suggests Apple's motive may have been sinister, though it offers no evidence in the filing.

'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.


The lawsuit against Apple could be aided by the company not being up front in revealing that a slowed down iPhone is possibly related to a worn out battery.

A second suit, in California, claims that the plaintiffs "never consented to allow Defendants [Apple] to slow their iPhones" and that they "were never given the option to bargain or choose whether they preferred to have their iPhones slower than normal".

The problem can be remedied by replacing the phone's battery.

Unfortunately, Apple can't seem to win on this one.

The lack of concern for battery performance our study highlights would be quite different if older iPhones just died throughout the day. I think that would have gone a long way toward helping people understand.


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