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So, Apple Finally Admits It’s Slowing Down Old iPhones

by | Dec 22, 2017 | Smartphones

It’s true. Apple has been slowing down old iPhones. They admitted it. They’ve been doing it for quite a while, and they didn’t tell you. They didn’t tell you, and they’re telling now. They’re telling now, but they’re not sorry. Not even sorry even when they got caught. Not sorry, and spinning it, in the most Apple of ways, calling it a “feature”.

And people ask me why I’m not an Apple fan.

Redditors have gathered in a thread to talk about perceived performance slowdowns on old iPhones, but it was only when Geekbench developer John Poole unspooled the mystery and concluded that Apple has been intentionally throttling down phone performance in service of fixing random iPhone shutdowns.

So here’s how I see it: Apple is covering up a bug they’ve been struggling to fix by introducing another that seem only due to your phone being old. It’s as smart a move as it’s cruel, because the thinking becomes “hey, my phone is getting slow, I might need a new phone”.

When the issue is not that the phone itself, but the battery. Here’s Apple basically admitting that they’ve been doing this, but without any sliver of apology.

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.

And here’s an Apple user taking to Twitter about the issue.

All of this is a roundabout way of saying: For a multi-billion corporation who has the gall to charge you a thousand dollars for a phone, a little transparency is only expected. And also: “badtrip ‘yung mga hindi marunong mag-sorry. I-cancel niyo yang shit na ganyan. Okay lang ako, di ako galit.”

Source: The Verge

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