Why Is Apple Slowing Down Older iPhones?

Randall Craig
December 22, 2017

Rumors have persisted for years at tech news websites devoted to Apple products and among fans of the company's products that iPhone performance was being intentionally slowed, perhaps to push users to buy newer models.

At this rate Apple could just as well cut its research budget on innovating and sell the same phones with a few minor tweaks each year, relying on comparisons against older SLOWED down phones for speed and performance boosts comparisons!

The lithium-ion batteries in older devices can't keep up with peak demand for power, Apple says.

They were reacting to Apple's statement on Wednesday - in response to a claim by an app company earlier this week - that it had introduced a software feature previous year to prevent phones from unexpectedly shutting down. The operating system slows down your device to prevent it from shutting down, Apple says, but only in cases of cold temperature, a low battery charge or very old batteries.

He wants Apple to stop slowing down older phones and get some payback for damages.

Currently, affected models are iPhone 7, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE, with other models potentially receiving the same feature in the future.


However, this week a simple advice post online titled "PSA: iPhone slow?" Apple is now reportedly admitting it's intentional as a phone becomes outdates.

One solution to a faster working iPhone could be purchasing a new battery rather than an entire new phone.

Apple releases new iPhone models annually, and sales of the handsets power its money-making engine.

"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 to CBS This Morning.

The statement from Apple came in response to a report from earlier this week from Primate Labs, the company behind the Geekbench processor benchmarking software. Obviously, there are variations and some batteries last longer than others, but without access to data, it's hard to say whether iPhone batteries are specifically vulnerable to aging at an abnormally fast rate. But the company has always been criticized by fix advocates for making the batteries hard for users to replace on their own.

On Slate, technology writer Will Oremus said Apple's secrecy allowed conspiracy theories about planned obsolescence to thrive.

Other reports by Ligue1talk

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER