If you’ve been complaining about your old iPhone suddenly getting way slower as of late, you’re not alone. Older models all around the world have recently started getting slower all of a sudden, with some even suddenly shutting down.
Now, Apple has just confirmed a long-standing conspiracy theory that they’re deliberately doing this through new iOS software updates… but they say there’s a very good reason behind it all.
“Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices,” the giant tech company said in a statement provided to Business Insider on Wednesday. “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.”
“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,” Apple explained. “We’ve now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future.”
In other words, Apple are claiming they’re giving people the lesser of two evils.
An iPhone will suddenly shut down if it tries to draw more power than it’s able to do. To avoid this, Apple’s new software updates reduce the maximum power the phones can draw by slowing down their performance.
As a result, less power is gradually drawn over time, and while this means you get an overall slower performance, it also means you get a phone which crashes less.
Apple’s statement came in a response to a report from earlier this week courtesy of Primate Labs. The company behind the processor benchmarking software GeekBench, Primate Labs released charts based on their data which showed the drop in performance of older iPhones.
John Poole, founder of Primate Labs, had said in a blog post that processors in iPhones “slow down and decrease in performance as batteries age and lose capacity”. The secretive tech giant finally confirmed this theory, adding fuel to the fire of a conspiracy theory stating that tech companies purposely “kill off” their old models to get their users to buy newer models.
Apple charges around €65 for an iPhone battery replacement, which is definitely way cheaper than a brand new phone. However, with Apple confirming the latest features of their new iOS software, fans of the tech giant might need to consider a newer model after all.