Apple should replace old batteries instead of slowing down aging phones

It's Not Just You: Apple Could Be Slowing Down Older iPhones to Preserve Battery Life

Apple Reportedly Throttling Older iPhones

Therefore, for those of you who have older iPhones and experience slower performance from newer software, simply taking your iPhone to an Apple store and having them replace your battery may bring back the same speed and fluidity you experienced the same day you opened its box.

If your handset is out of warranty, you can have your iPhone battery replaced through Apple for a $79 charge.

In a statement, Apple said it does slow old devices down - in order to prolong their life.

Apple's statement went on to say, "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".

Poole mapped the performance on an iPhone 6s and 7 over time and found that the iOS 10.2.1 and iOS 11.2 updates in particular seemed to throttle those two devices and possibly other models.

Today, Geekbench reported in a blog post that there is a high performance difference between iPhone 6s devices that run iOS version 10.2.1 and 10.2, and this scenario is observed in multiple instances, which means there is something intentionally fishy. That would then at least give customers the opportunity to have their battery replaced to resolve the issue.

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Apple hasn't confirmed whether any of this is true, but chances are they won't.

After poor performance in older iPhones prompted an investigation by a number of Reddit users and additional testing by benchmark app maker Primate Labs, Apple has finally weighed in on the controversy surrounding its aging handsets.

Apple also says iPhones work best at room temperature, or between 32 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

Maybe if Apple wants to slide in a "feature" that decreases the performance of a phone without permission, they should include a notification that also informs the user that their battery capacity has declined and they can either live with the new slowness or fix it with a battery swap. That absolutely makes the phone more useable - it apparently helps stop random shutdowns too, which are a major pain. Of course, Apple would rather you upgrade, even though they would never admit that their performance throttle is aimed at nudging you towards doing that.

Many other third-party shops charge less. "We found that a small number of iPhone 6s devices made in September and October 2015 contained a battery component that was exposed to controlled ambient air longer than it should have been before being assembled into battery packs".

Apple has tried to remain cognizant of the health of batteries in iOS devices.

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