Apple admits it is slowing down older iPhones to ensure longer battery life

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Do you think your old iPhone is becoming slow? You are on to something and we have brought to you all the reasons for this slowdown. 

On December 20 the Cupertino company said that due to the release of a software feature in 2016 the iPhones are becoming slower. As days go by the batteries are becoming old and they are unable to keep the battery charged for a longer duration. This is also the case of new batteries as well, and the situation seems to worsen when the temperature is cold. This predicament states that the battery of your phones have become weak and might cause an untimely shutdown of your device.  

Last year we had read about several cases in which the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S would shut down due to low battery. The batteries in those devices were unable to handle the fast processors which led to the handset to switch off. 

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Last year the software update was for the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6s Plus and iPhone SE although this year’s update includes iPhone 7 and 7 Plus as well. 

Apple had to do something about it the complaints from the users was increasing day and night. The iOS update 10.2.1 brought in some quality management in the devices. They accepted that the OS would slow down the device in order to prevent it from shutting down, they further added that if the phone switches off after the update it would only be in cold temperatures or a really old battery. 

A statement from Apple was released, “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. 

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.”

This topic got mentioned in a blog post by John Poole which stated that the processors in the iPhones have slowed down. The battery performance decreases due to the age of the battery and users expect no change in their battery backups irrespective of how old it gets.  

An allegation was made on Apple that even the newly launched phones face the battery degrading issue. But the company denied every claim and said that the new phones have a very good battery backup. 

This is some serious issue which the company is facing for a long time. Replacing the battery of an Apple phone costs near to $80 if not under warranty. 

What would you do keep updating the device or replace the battery? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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