Sunday, 18 February, 2018

Apple might be slowing down old iPhones to preserve battery life

Jay Anderson | 24 December, 2017, 03:37

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss the iMac Pro launch, using Amazon Echo and Alexa with HomeKit products, the fake Cuphead game that appeared on the App Store, Apple throttling older iPhone batteries, iOS 12 and macOS 10.13 cross platform apps, and the Apple Watch New Year's Challenge.

Apple always work towards giving a better experience for the users, who pay an premium amount.

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.

According to latest news, Apple is literally slowing down older iPhones and the same has been confirmed by the company officials.

To prove Apple was right about the battery being the culprit, some users who have had older batteries replaced said they've seen improved benchmarks after replacing their batteries.




Ex: If we look at the Geekbech scores on a newer and an year old Apple iPhone 6, the newer phone scores a 1456 points and single core performance and an year old iPhone scores 1055 points.

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.

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

Apple on Wednesday acknowledged that the company does take some measures to reduce power demands - which can have the effect of slowing the processor - when a phone's battery is having trouble supplying the peak current that the processor demands. A story on Motherboard claims that third party fix shops are already seeing an uptick in customers asking for battery replacements, which would be one way to side-step Apple's performance throttling measures. Slower the performance in the older phones will offer better battery life. The only possible way that one can do is to replace the battery via official Apple service centre.

"Last year we 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", Apple said in an emailed statement to Reuters. The company stated that this feature started with iOS 10.2.1 and most recently came to the iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2.

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