Apple admits to slowing iPhones to preserve device and battery

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

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.

If you've got an older phone and want the best performance, consider getting a battery replacement done - $119 at Apple Stores, and you'll find other "mobile doctors" offering the service cheaper I'm sure.

Beginning with a software update it pushed out previous year, however, Apple tried a new tactic: slowing down devices during moments of high demand so their beleaguered batteries could keep up. (NASDAQ:AAPL) rumor mill today is news of AAPL working on better batteries.

Apple said it wanted to "prolong the life" of customers' devices. Other users chimed in with similar reports, and the developer of the iPhone speed test tool Geekbench sifted through his data to show that the phenomenon was pretty widespread, and apparently connected to certain versions of iOS. "We've now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support to other products in the future".

If you've ever felt that you iPhone is getting slower in its old age, you're not insane.

It had always been rumored that Apple purposefully caused its phones to slow down over time.

Although Apple didn't release any statement at the time, the issue came to the forefront again when the iPhone 7 received the iOS 11.2 update. 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. In the wake of Apple's admission, some customers are criticizing the company for not being more transparent about how it handles device performance.

That sounds upsetting - but be mad at Apple for the right reasons.

Apple said the problem stemmed from the fact that all lithium-ion batteries, not just those found in Apple products, degrade and have problems supplying the needed power as they age and accumulate charging cycles.

According to the spokesperson, the company released a feature past year for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE that is created to "smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down".

Apple will replace your battery for free if your phone is under warranty, according to The Verge.

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