If you are an iPhone user, you must have experienced this in the past. Whenever Apple releases a new device, the older devices tend to slow down. Coincidence? Well, not really. Apple recently confirmed that it has been doing this since last year, specifically the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7.
Well, this news came about when Geekbench developer, John Poole jotted down the performance of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 over time, and ran into the conclusion that the Apple iOS updates of 10.21 and 11.20 throttles the older phones. Some reddit users even chimed in and said that by replacing the battery of the older device, the throttle disappears, making your phone as fast as it used to be.
When asked, Apple mentioned that its goal is not to push consumers to purchase a new phone, but to stop the older batteries from acting up, as batteries do age over time and in some cases, will unexpectedly shut down your device. The company stated: “We have never – and would never – do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customers upgrades.” However, Apple devices are not built to have removable batteries, so changing the batteries yourself will prove to be an uphill battle.
Conspiracy and controversy aside, it is good to know that Apple is taking its battery safety precautions. But now that the truth is out in the open, it doesn’t look to be an easy fight for Apple as it is raking in multiple lawsuits for this controversy.
Apple in its own words said: “To address our customers’ concerns, to recognise their loyalty and regain the trust of anyone who have doubted Apple’s intentions, we’ve decided to take the following steps.” Firstly, there will be a reduction in the price tag of its battery replacement service – a reduction from RM 369 to RM 129, a total of RM 240 discounted . But this discount only applies to Apple devices starting from iPhone 6 or later. So for earlier devices, you are out of luck. However, this discount will only last till the end of December 2018. Secondly, Apple will also push a new software update that allows users more feedback on their iPhone’s battery health come early 2018. If you wish to replace your batteries for that price, do head to Machines or Switch to do so. (Updated 04/01/2018)