It's Confirmed: Apple Slows Down Older iPhones On Purpose To Save Battery Life
Apple really f*cked this one up.
BY Sarah Rense | Dec 26, 2017 | Technology
There's a nerd conspiracy afoot. Apple has confirmed what everyone knew in their gut: It slows older iPhones down, compromising their performance by reducing CPU speed. The backlash from angry iPhone users is heating up as we speak.
The controversy started this week when a Geekbench developer shared data proving iOS updates markedly slowed down iPhone 6S and iPhone 7. Then we learned from Apple that iPhone 6, iPhone SE, and iPhone 7 Plus are also affected. The company had a good reason: Slowing iPhones down prevents them from randomly shutting off due to cold temperatures, low battery, or age, it said in a statement. On the surface, Apple is just trying to save your older phone's battery life.
But it started throttling processor speeds a year ago without telling anybody. And doesn't it feel suspicious as if Apple just wants everyone to upgrade to a newer model, perhaps the iPhone X it's so proud of?
There are two irksome issues related to this discovery.
The first is that Apple was so cagey about the whole thing. It makes sense to fix iPhones that shut off randomly due to low battery or outside elements. It doesn't make sense to not inform customers, instead of leading them to believe they need a new iPhone, not a new iPhone battery. There are hundreds of dollars of difference between the two. Apple botched transparency in a way that can only be described as "peak Silicon Valley."
The second issue is that Apple makes it so damn hard to replace iPhone batteries. Because obviously, that's how you fix an ageing battery: You replace it with a new one. You don't buy a new device. But the tools required to replace Apple batteries are difficult to track down, and there are no instructions provided by Apple. Apple doesn't even sell batteries to customers, and AppleCare will only replace batteries that are "defective," which likely won't cover a battery that has naturally aged.
Here's a novel idea for Apple: Make better batteries, and make them available to consumers. It's not like anyone was clamouring for Animojis.