Apple admits slowing down older iPhones due to battery issues

By : |December 21, 2017 0

Apple has admitted that it slows down the performance of older iPhones. Apple said a software feature released last year caused your phone to slow down to offset problem with your aging lithium battery.

Geekbench developer John Poole has mapped out the 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 designed to reduce random shutdown issues for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S. Apple’s fix appears to be throttling the CPU to prevent the phone from randomly shutting down. Geekbench reports that iOS 11.2.0 introduces similar throttling for iPhone 7 units with older batteries.

Apple admitted the problem and said, “Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices. 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 can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components.”

The company added, “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. We’ve now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future.”

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Apple says that it is just addressing an issue with devices containing older lithium batteries that result in unexpected shutdowns and not for the sake of urging people to buy newer iPhones.

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