There might be a good reason for that, Apple confirmed to media outlets Thursday: The company is deliberately slowing down some iPhones, albeit for a good reason.
Apple users have long suspected it, and now they know they're right.
The admission played into concerns that Apple was stealthily nudging iPhone users to upgrade to newer models by letting them think it was the handsets that needed replacing and not just a matter of getting new batteries.
Speculation included Apple forcing customers to buy a new iPhone, another was the iOS was better optimized for new phones leaving the old ones in the dust. Over many thousands of cycles a battery loses it's capacity to hold a charge, and that means changes in the output and that takes some adjusting for the device. But the company has always been criticized by fix advocates for making the batteries hard for users to replace on their own. Filed by Stefan Bogdanovich and Dakota Speas, the suit claims that Apple's deliberate effort to throttle CPU performance on the iPhone amounts to "breach of contract". In a rare statement issued to TechCrunch, Apple acknowledged the benchmark results posted by users and said it's trying to avoid cases of unexpected shutdown.
Low Power Mode: In later updates, Apple has included the Low Power Mode feature that notifies the user when the smartphone hits 20%.
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The tech giant revealed in a statement, reported by Tech Crunch, that it released an update to its iOS operating system previous year for its iPhone 6, 6S and SE products.
The performance of the iPhone 7, released at the end of 2016, has also dropped following this month's iOS 11.2 update, according to The Guardian. 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. In order to stop your phone from shutting down completely, the company slows down your iPhone.
In a statement, the tech company said lithium-ion batteries become less capable of providing peak current demands in cold conditions when they have a low charge, or as they age over time.
"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices", said an Apple spokeswoman.
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.