Apple admits slowing older iPhone models to preserve battery life
So far, we have heard rumors that Apple intentionally slows down its older models. Some have told stories that these are all tricks for Apple to make people to buy their newer phones, but today the company has acknowledged such procedures and explained why they are doing this.
Apple has lowered clock speed on older models to save battery life. They also said that there was another reason for the phone not to shut down itself on cooler temperatures. Company emphasized that it has incorporated these features into the Apple iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone SE and the iPhone 7 with an 11.2 update. Replacing the battery should be a solution too, but due to the design of these models we suspect that many users will skip on that move. Apple also hinted that it will continue with this practice in the future. This is the whole message sent by Apple to TechCrunch, who conducted this investigation.
"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices. Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components.
Last year we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions. We’ve now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future."