Apple admits to slowing older iPhones intentionally


Apple has confirmed the suspicions of many iPhone owners by revealing it does deliberately slow down some smartphone models as they age. It discovered that the iPhone 6's score for iOS 10.2.0 appears "unimodal" (that is, it doesn't change) in performance, but when it studied the iPhone 6 running iOS 10.2.1, the performance peaked around the average score and several other peaks around some of the lower scores.

If you have an older Apple iPhone and think it seems to run a bit too slow, you're on to something.

Apple has now admitted that simple battery replacement would fix both of these issues. But if a new battery will restore their phones, how many people will buy a new iPhone just because their old iPhone is starting to feel like it can't keep up?

One solution to a slower, older iPhone would be to buy a new battery instead of a new phone.

Yesterday, we reported on a new development in the long simmering story about older iPhones beginning to feel sluggish after installing a new version of iOS.

Last year, Apple introduced a feature to "smooth out" spikes in demand for power to prevent iPhone 6 models from shutting down due to the cold or weak batteries, according to the California-based company.

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"I used my brother's iPhone 6 Plus, and his was faster than mine?"

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. Apple didn't say exactly what the threshold is for slowing down a device, but battery life rated as "Poor" or worse is likely to be a problem.

"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. If you're going to slow down the phone over time, you should explain why it is happening, so people understand it is ultimately for their benefit. Let us know in the comments.

The aging battery means your phone could have trouble operating or might unexpectedly shut down, like happened to the iPhone 6 and 6S a year ago.

The original Reddit threat notes the performance of an iPhone 6S. An intentional slowdown would function as a safeguard against the "sudden shutdowns" - an issue Apple acknowledged earlier this year - that plague older devices.