Apple confirms throttling performance for older iPhones
With each new iPhone release comes the plethora of older iPhone slow-downs complaints from frustrated users. In fact, the issue remains at large so much so that “slow iPhone” Google searches spike up with each new release. Even more, several users also speculate the then-considered conspiracy theory on Reddit itself. Well, apparently, to preserve older batteries, Apple throttles performance on older iPhones on purpose. The company confirmed many an Apple user’s hunch with a statement to TechCrunch today.
Apple claims their intention to deliver “the best experience for customers” to prolong device shelf-life, thus necessitating a compromise in performance. Over time, Lithium-ion batteries fail to deliver maximum current demands. Other reasons for declining supply in delivered currents include constant low battery charge cold conditions, or low battery charge. To protect the electronic components, the battery thus undergoes sudden shutdowns.
To prevent unexpected shutdowns, the company adds, they released an update to regulate instantaneous peaks only when necessary. This feature rolled out for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone SE last year. With iOS 11.2 this year, Apple also extended the update to iPhone 7. The company intends on supporting more products in the future.
To say the least, many understand how batteries inevitably tend to weaken with prolonged use. Through Apple’s approach, older phones remain usable despite their limited capacity. Still, the fact that these devices sell for such premium prices should reflect in their longevity. Some demand an option to toggle the “power-saving” mode off when needed, others appreciate a proper heads-up on the situation, instead. In any case, these older iPhone slow-downs prove extremely disappointing.
Of course, Apple could always opt to build a thicker iPhone with a slightly bigger battery. Thinner doesn’t always mean better… just prettier.