Apple being sued over slowing down older iPhones

Lindsey Duncan
December 22, 2017

"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", Apple said in a statement.

Apple's logic checks out. The big spike on the graph is where a new iPhone's scores should be; anything significantly lower indicates that your processor may well be throttled. Apple on Wednesday said a software feature released past year makes your phone operate more slowly to offset problems with its aging lithium ion battery. That, on top of choices like new, backwards-incompatible charging ports and the removal of headphone jacks, makes people wary of planned obsolescence and being pushed to continually upgrade, and Apple's battery management measures aren't helping things.

The news comes a day after the slow-down feature was highlighted in a study by the technology watchdog Geekbench.

Now that degrading battery performance with time is in the spotlight - and has been linked to sluggish performance - will that impact iPhone sales? After changing the device's battery, however, these shot up to 2526 and 4456 respectively.

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The update applies to iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, 6S and 6S Plus and SE.

If you think your older iPhone seems to run slower, you're not insane. Before you freak out, realize that this isn't planned obsolescence created to force you to buy a new iPhone; but still, speed restrictions are speed restrictions. "Check your Geekbench scores and see what you get if your phone is still slow". The company included code in iOS 10.2.1 earlier this year that was a fix for iPhone 6 users experiencing sudden shutdowns. It reported that there was even more of a disparity when the iPhone 6 was tested on iOS 11.2.0. However, when using iOS 11.2.0, the graph showed more peaks again, suggesting the performance is impacted the older the device becomes. "By slowing the phone, it does help mitigate the problem of the diminishing battery". Bogdanovich has gone on record in the paperwork as saying that the company's method of slowing performance in older phone models in order to converse battery life was never something that users ever had a say in or agreed upon in any way.

The issue appears to be rectified by getting affected batteries replaced by Apple, says Geekbench, but iPhone users may conclude that their handset is out of date and that they need to buy a new one.