"Last year, we have implemented a feature for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S and iPhone in order to stabilize the peak energy when necessary, and to prevent the out-line of the device under these conditions". Apple is wrong, however, not to make it easy and low-cost to replace old batteries.
It had always been rumored that Apple purposefully caused its phones to slow down over time.
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. He also believes - like many other users - that it's just a ploy by Apple to get folks to buy the newest iPhone.
Now it has been revealed that Apple is slowing down older iPhones as it releases a new model, or models. "Couldn't figure out why, but just thought that iOS 11 was still bad to me".
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Apple said its iOS 11.2 software updates for the iPhone 6, 6S, SE and 7 are created to "smooth out" peak power demands, prevent these surprise shutdowns and ultimately prolong the lifespan of the older batteries. But now the company is being sued for its admission. Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which... The lithium-ion battery starts to process information slower, the more times it's charged. Bogdanovich asserts that the slowdowns are generally just a ploy to get smartphone users to upgrade their devices, therefore allowing Apple to rake in that much more cash as a result. 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.
Apple said it wanted to "prolong the life" of customers' devices. Whether rooted in iOS updates or degradation of the internal hardware components, several iPhone users have had enough and, according to TMZ, are taking legal action as a result.
Geekbench developer John Poole has mapped out performance for the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 over time, and has come to the conclusion that Apple's iOS 10.2.1 and 11.2.0 updates introduce this throttling for different devices. iOS 10.2.1 is particularly relevant, as this update was created to reduce random shutdown issues for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S.