Apple admits to slowing older iPhones to save battery life

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Apple is taking heat for a discovery about old iPhones: As their batteries age, Apple's software slows them down.

But some owners prefer faster performance.

Apple customers have complained of slower working phones for a while. "We've now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support to other products in the future".

By contrast, Apple's iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus have been available from Rogers and the other major Canadian carriers since September and they've been selling the iPhone X more than a month longer than Freedom, which has had to upgrade its network this year to carry the Apple products.

"(But) it is a trade-off.

If you think your older iPhone seems to run slower, you're not insane. The lithium-ion batteries are less able to respond to peaks in demand in case of cold weather, low battery charge, or aging with time, which may lead to an unexpected closure of the unit to protect electronic components. You can't help but wonder whether Apple is deliberately sabotaging your old iPhone.




"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices", Apple said in a statement to CBS This Morning.

Secondly, iOS developer Guilherme Ramboā€¸ followed up Mr. Poole's work and found the existence of "Powerd" in iOS code: a power mode which he stated to be "responsible for controlling the CPU/GPU speed and power usage based on iPhone battery health".

Needle said he would be surprised if Apple isn't the defendant in a class-action lawsuit soon.

The battery replacement problem is an example why a growing community of gadget lovers are calling for laws to ensure consumers have a legal "right to repair" their own electronics. It has been since expanded to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2. "That is, your battery won't power your device as long on a given charge". The lithium-ion battery starts to process information slower, the more times it's charged. "The other problem with holding back on security updates is you lose the security improvements and fixes that Apple makes with every release, thus putting you in danger of ... hackers and whatnot".

The statement from Apple came in response to a report from earlier this week from Primate Labs, the company behind the Geekbench processor benchmarking software.

"So that's really not an ideal situation if you're relying on your phone day to day, like most of us are".

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