Apple admits its slowing down our older iPhones

Nichole Vega
December 22, 2017

Two iPhone owners based in Los Angeles sued Apple on Thursday, a day after the company admitted it slows down older iPhones to prevent unexpected battery shutdowns.

Currently, affected models are iPhone 7, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE, with other models potentially receiving the same feature in the future. Others have suggested that Apple should make the operating system more proactive about alerting users to their battery issues, so they at least know they can try a battery replacement to speed up their phone before plunking down even more money for a brand new one-or at least so they understand why their phone seems slower.

"(But) it is a trade-off.

Technology expert John Poole has forced Apple to come clean on the real secret behind Apples marketing and sales success, of why customers are so eager to upgrade to the latest iPhone model, and the answer may surprise you! Proof: My iPhone 6 was bought 3years ago and recently got really slow.

Plaintiffs Stefan Bogdanovich and Dakota Speas filed the lawsuit in the Central District Court of California.

Apple has further delved into the issue of lithium-ion batteries on its website, which have a limited life span. Lithium-ion becomes less capable after hundreds of charges, which can result in phones randomly shutting down.

The problems with peak current draws can also occur when batteries are cold or low on charge, Apple said.

People anxious about performance could replace batteries, which Apple does for free for iPhones covered by warranty or for $79 if that is not the case. So he plotted the kernel density of Geekbench 4 scores for the iPhone 6s on multiple iOS versions. iOS 10.2 turned out to be the version where the performance of the device showed signs of being throttled.

Apple responded officially saying "Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices". There's no charge if you paid up front for AppleCare Plus coverage and have a battery Apple thinks warrants replacing. But now the company is being sued for its admission. "The other problem with holding back on security updates is you lose the security improvements and fixes that Apple makes with every release, thus putting you in danger of ... hackers and whatnot".

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