Experts back Apple's move to prolong battery life of older iPhones

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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.

The lithium-ion batteries in older devices can't keep up with peak demand for power, Apple says.

"Last year, we have implemented a feature for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S and iPhone in order to stabilize the peak energy when necessary, and to prevent the out-line of the device under these conditions".

Apple said its iOS 11.2 software updates for the iPhone 6, 6S, SE and 7 are created to "smooth out" peak power demands, prevent these surprise shutdowns and ultimately prolong the lifespan of the older batteries.

So it's true that Apple intentionally slow down old iPhones.

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However, this week a simple advice post online titled "PSA: iPhone slow?" According to Futuremark, Apple has not been deliberately slowing the phones.

If you've got an older phone and want the best performance, consider getting a battery replacement done - $119 at Apple Stores, and you'll find other "mobile doctors" offering the service cheaper I'm sure. So he plotted the kernel density of Geekbench 4 scores for the iPhone 6s on multiple iOS versions. iOS 10.2 turned out to be the version where the performance of the device showed signs of being throttled.

"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices".

It's a problem that is all too familiar to Apple's iPhone users: every time a new model of smartphone is released by the company, all previous models suddenly take a hit when it comes to speed and, consequently, performance. "Seems like giving someone a slower iPhone rather than fixing a bad battery isn't consumer friendly". In the wake of Apple's admission, some customers are criticizing the company for not being more transparent about how it handles device performance. It will be applied to other Apple devices in the future. Apple charges $79 to replace the battery of an iPhone that's no longer covered by a warranty.

On Slate, technology writer Will Oremus said Apple's secrecy allowed conspiracy theories about planned obsolescence to thrive.

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