Apple finally admits it deliberately slows down old iPhones

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Apple on Wednesday said a software feature released a year ago makes your phone operate more slowly to offset problems with its aging lithium ion battery.

The company said that in 2016 it 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".

Reddit thread explains that to avoid the slowing down you can install a new battery by replacing it yourself (costs only ~$20) or taking it to Apple Store where they replace it for $79.

If you're an iPhone user, this sounds all too familiar: It seems every time Apple rolls out a newer, better version, you may get a little suspicious because your device - which was previously working fine - starts to spasm and glitch-out all of the sudden.

However, this week a simple advice post online titled "PSA: iPhone slow?"

Apple has now confirmed that it made changes to iOS to manage ageing lithium-ion batteries in some devices, since the batteries' performance diminishes over time.

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Processor benchmarking website Geekbench investigated because, while it's expected that phone batteries go flat faster as they age, the phone's processor should stay the same. Apple is now reportedly admitting it's intentional as a phone becomes outdates.

Social media has been abuzz for the last day amid news that Apple has been intentionally limiting the performance of its older iPhone models. The system works by limiting power drain on older batteries, batteries with low charge and when in cold environments. The tech company says that this feature is now active in the iPhone 7 as well. But now the company is being sued for its admission.

Apple is fortunate to be the software maker and hardware maker here, will be interesting to see what tests are conducted on other phones. That doesn't sound good at all, but Apple says that there's a good reason for it.

According to Bogdanovich's complaint, he and other iPhone users never agreed to Apple's decision to cap the processing power of older devices and doing so lowers the value and functionality of the previous generation handsets.

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

"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices", an Apple spokesperson said in response to an AFP inquiry.

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