Apple has acknowledged what many iPhone owners long suspected: It has slowed older phones.
Anyone who has downloaded the last couple of updates on their iPhone knows that everything runs slower, and the battery seems to die much faster. Now comes an admission from Apple that you’re not nuts.
“Apple on Wednesday said a software feature released last year makes your phone operate more slowly to offset problems with its aging lithium ion battery,” CNet.com reported. “As batteries get older, they don’t hold their charges as well as newer batteries, and can have worse problems when the charge is low or the temperature is cold.”
The slowing down is caused by a feature introduced last year to protect against problems caused by ageing batteries.
The feature was implemented on the iPhone 6, 6S and SE last year during a software update, and on the iPhone 7 as of December with the release of iOS 11.2. The feature is planned to be rolled out to newer devices in the future.
Geekbench all but forced the admission out of Apple.
John Poole, the founder of Primate Labs, the company behind the Geekbench processor benchmarking software, said “the problem is due, in part, to a change in Apple’s iOS operating system, perhaps as part of a ‘fix’ for an issue with some iPhones shutting down suddenly,” Cnet reported.
“This fix will also cause users to think, ‘my phone is slow so I should replace it’ not, ‘my phone is slow so I should replace its battery.’ This will likely feed into the ‘planned obsolescence’ narrative.”
admission to slowing down older iPhones isn’t sitting well with one California man … so he’s going after the tech giant on behalf of all his fellow outdated iPhone users.
A new class action suit has been filed by Stefan Bogdanovich, an L.A. man who, like millions of other people, uses an iPhone … but not an iPhone 8. He claims Apple’s tactic of slowing down older iPhone models causes users to suffer — specifically those with the 7 or 7s — and take a hit to their wallets.
Bogdanovich claims Apple’s decision to slow the operation of older phones to save battery life was never requested or agreed upon … and it lowers the value of their phones. He also believes — like many other users — that it’s just a ploy by Apple to get folks to buy the newest iPhone.
He wants Apple to stop slowing down older phones and get some payback for damages.
The revelation sparked an outcry among Apple fans, with some suggesting they may switch to rival Samsung.
“Since Apple admits they slow down old iPhones I’ll admit I probably won’t buy a new iPhone,” said Twitter user Jeff Zenisek.
Since Apple admits they slow down old iPhones I’ll admit I probably won’t buy a new iPhone
— Jeff Zenisek (@jeffzenisek) December 21, 2017
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