Apple: We slow down your old iPhones - for your own benefit

Ceria Alfonso
Diciembre 23, 2017

Complaints about the slowed phones had been making the rounds on social media in recent weeks and Primate's research, in part, prompted Apple's statement on Wednesday.

Users of the iPhone 6, 6S and SE may have experienced this mysterious slowing down of their devices, and that will now also include iPhone 7 users. The company said it was implemented on the iPhone 6, 6S, SE and 7.

Evidence of the software change could be seen in power-intensive tasks - such as creating Snapchat filters - that became slower to demand less of the system. The plaintiffs are accusing Apple of slowing down their older iPhone models when newer models are released and this has been happening without their consent or approval. In Apple's words, the performance-slowing update was to "smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions".

Finally, on Thursday, Apple confirmed that it intentionally slows the performance of older iPhones as batteries weaken from age.

The revelation sparked an outcry among Apple fans, with some suggesting they may switch to rival Samsung. He said he thinks Apple should have disclosed that a software update could affect the phone's performance so consumers would have known replacing the battery was a possible solution. Slowing old iPhones is not bearable for a person in California. It's likely the new phone will recognize the new battery and keep running at the fastest speeds possible, without any throttling. That seems to have been added in February 2017, with iOS 10.2.1, which stopped "sudden shutdowns" of iPhone 6S models. The phone feels slower because it actually is slower.

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Apple has been criticised for failing to make users aware of the practice before this week. For instance, when multiple applications are open on a phone simultaneously, the CPU will have to perform a greater number of operations, and will need more juice from the battery.

He believes it's something Apple do to encourage people to buy the newest version iPhone.

Consumers who have had their iPhones throttled can regain higher levels of performance by replacing their battery, which costs up to £79 - far less than upgrading to a newer model. As lots of technology companies have learned over the past year, it's not enough to write clever code; you have to find the best way to explain it to the humans who will be affected by it.

Both plaintiffs are owners of an iPhone 7 and said they "suffered interferences to their iPhone usage due to the intentional slowdowns".

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