Apple admits to slowing down its older iPhone models

Why your iPhone is getting slower and slower?

Apple said it released software a year ago that makes those models operate more slowly to countervail problems with their aging lithium ion batteries, which can sometimes cause operational problems or cause phones to unexpectedly shut down.

The company has confirmed it slows the performance of older iPhones to help reduce power demands and battery issues.

For some people, the solution to a slower, older iPhone may be updating its battery instead of purchasing a brand new device.

Earlier this year Apple updated iOS to 10.2.1 which included a little fix. It has been since expanded to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2.

To say the least, the admission has called into question Apple's commitment to its customers.

Apple said it changed its software a year ago for the iPhone 6, 6S and SE to "smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed".

"I used my brother's iPhone 6 Plus, and his was faster than mine?"

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The iPhone doesn't start flashing an alert when your battery is in trouble - it just starts to curtail your phone's processing power. On the site, Apple notes that the battery created to retain up to 80 percent of its original charge after 500 charges.

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. This also means your phone might be very slow for no discernible reason. "Check your Geekbench scores and see what you get if your phone is still slow". In an attempt to improve the device's overall performance, Apple limits the CPU's frequency so the battery life is extended.

After older batteries struggled to keep up with iPhone 6s, the company released an update and offered limited battery replacements.

Apple insists the updates were made with a different goal in mind: It said the performance of lithium-ion batteries degrades over time, which can sometimes cause phones to suddenly shut down in order to protect their components. Drain battery, charge, drain battery, charge - repeat.

But Alphr says Apple's claims are correct as lithium-ion batteries can deteriorate over time.

You're Not Crazy: Apple Confirms It Slows Your Smartphone's Lifespan Apple has revealed it is deliberately slowing the performance of some older iPhones.

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