Have you wondered why your older iPhone seems to be slower than the newer models? Does it seem that your phone has a harder time downloading apps, connecting to the Internet or performing simple tasks?
I’ve always suspected it was a gentle nudge, or reminder from Apple to upgrade to the newer phone. I never liked it, but thought it was a possibility.
Well, Apple have now admitted that they slow down some models as they age, but they do so only because the phones’ battery performance diminishes over time and they want to preserve the battery for you, the customer.
Well, isn’t that nice to know.
Apple is trying to prolong the life of iPhones. Shouldn’t they have told this to us? At any point in time?
Turns out this practice was confirmed after a customer shared performance tests on the social media site, Reddit. They tests were performed after noticing that their iPhone 6S had slowed down considerably as it had aged but when a new battery was installed, the phone sped back up again.
Apple has now confirmed that it made changes to iOS to manage ageing lithium-ion batteries in some devices, as these batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, when they have a low battery charge or as they age over time.
As a result, Apple released a feature for the iPhone 6, 6S and SE to “smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions.”
They have recently extended that feature to the iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2.
What’s the deal with the Lithium batteries?
Well, they degrade over time because of what happens to the battery during the charging and discharging cycle. They very slowly erode, meaning they are able to hold less of a charge. High voltages and high temperatures expedite this erosion.
Here is where the message was really poorly managed, however. By taking away performance that somebody has paid for, you might have communicated that much, much better at any point in time. Otherwise, you get a combination of urban myth and conspiracy theory – the idea that Apple builds planned obsolescence into their iPhones – slowing down older models to make you run out to purchase the next model or version.
But why wait until the rumour has been proven to be true before coming out with the facts.
As customers, we deserve better!