Outrage as Apple admits to slowing down iPhones as batteries age


With a yearly software update, Apple forces the processor of the phone to clock down so that it consumes less battery but also ends up making the phone extremely slow.

Of course, long before the announcement, iPhone users have complained of their phones slowing down around the time of a new release. Following its admission, a class action lawsuit has been filed against the Cupertino giant in Los Angeles, accusing it of causing users to suffer, and hurting the value of older Apple devices.

Two California residents are suing Apple after the company admitted it slows down iPhones with older batteries.

This week Apple acknowledged it slows iPhone 6, 6s, SE and 7 models to prevent problems with batteries that are old, in cold conditions or low on power, such as devices that would unexpectedly shut down, according to the lawsuit.

"Apple's iOS updates purposefully neglected to explain that its purposeful throttling down of older model devices and resulting lost or diminished operating performance could be remedied by replacing the batteries of these devices", the lawsuit claimed.

In a statement, Apple said that, as they age, lithium-ion batteries used in its phones become less able to provide the top levels of electrical current needed.

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If your old iPhone is slowing down and you think Apple's throttling could be to blame, you don't need to phone a lawyer. This means that a software that has been designed for the latest hardware available gets to run also on devices that are as old as 4 or 5 years.

Apple says it's taking on the issue of older lithium ion batteries that sometimes fail phones.

TeckFire figured that it was just iOS 11, being very bad.

Apple has never released a device called the iPhone 7s. However, it also does not give Apple the right to slow down devices without informing their users first.

The company said its software updates for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, iPhone SE and iPhone 7 are created to "smooth out" peak power demands, prevent these surprise shutdowns and ultimately prolong the lifespan of batteries. But when it comes to the decision Apple made to handle the issue I believe they made the right call. Users might still opt to have their battery replaced by a third party knowing that this option does impact their warranty.