Apple Admits That They Deliberately Slow Down Our Iphones
Apple is designed to be a high quality product right? I mean pretty much every second person out there owns an iPhone. So of course you would be led to believe that their products should be able to withstand the test of time; at least for a few years.
But if you currently own an older Apple product, and you are starting to think that it was running slower than usual, you're not going crazy, and you're definitely not alone.
Apple has finally admitted that they intentionally slow down iPhones as their model gets older, without notifying customers.
And with the company releasing new models left right and centre pretty much every year, this cycle of slowing down phones is beginning to speed up.
However, Apple claims that this design is not a ploy to encourage customers to upgrade to the newest models of iPhone.
Instead, the tech giant says that the method is used to protect customers from having their iphones shut down unexpectedly or break completely, earlier than they should.
"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," said Apple.
"We've now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future."
The issue is believed to originate in the iPhone's lithium-ion battery which can degrade over time and not the phone's processor.
Apple believes that if they did not slow down the performance then there would be greater risk of the phone's internal components being damaged.
The fact that Apple deliberately slows down iPhone processing over time has been suspected by customers for a long time however, this is the first occasion where Apple has admitted to doing so.
The company was forced to admit to slowing down products after Primate labs founder John Poole performed an experiment on iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 performance levels over a period of time.
"Users expect either full performance or reduced performance with a notification that their phone is in low power mode," wrote Mr Poole in a blog post.
"This fix creates a third, unexpected state. While this state is created to mask a deficiency in battery power, users may believe that the slow down is due to CPU performance, instead of battery performance, which is triggering an Apple introduced CPU slow-down.
"This fix will also cause users to think, 'my phone is slow so I should replace it' not, 'my phone is slow so I should replace its battery'. This will likely feed into the 'planned obsolescence' narritive [sic]."