Apple 'purposely' slows down old iPhones

Apple 'purposely' slows down old iPhones

Apple 'purposely' slows down old iPhones

The conspiracy theory that Apple has been slowing down older iPhone models has been around for quite some time. A press release for one of the lawsuits, led by the Atlas Consumer Law group in IL, says Apple's "iOS updates, plaintiffs claim, were engineered with this very objective in mind-fraudulently forcing iPhone owners to purchase the latest model offered by Apple". A case that would eventually lead to the phone shutting off without warning. iOS 10.2.1 was created to reduce power consumption and smooth out the power draw spikes to prevent this from happening. Both suits came a day after Apple confirmed what high-tech sleuths outside the company already observed: The company had deployed software to slow some phones.

"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices".

It said it released the fix for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE and later extended it to iPhone 7.

Anyone that owns an older iPhone may be rightly upset to learn that their device can not perform as well as it did the day it came out of the box due to degradation of the battery.

iOS updates are installed in over 70% of devices within the first couple of months of availability. The company disputes any statements that the sluggish iPhone activity correlated with a new iPhone release. When it comes to iPhones "old and slow" comes only third.

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What Poole found is pretty strong evidence that Apple is indeed manipulating the performance of your old iPhone or iPad.

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For instance, Todd Haselton at CNBC says Apple should replace iPhone batteries at no charge as to guarantee users a "certain level of performance for the lifetime of a product".

The iThing maker didn't give much by way of explanation: just that it was affecting only "a very small number of iPhone 6s" manufactured between September and October 2015. The filers claim that Apple is in violation of consumer protection laws about deceptive business practices.

I do agree that more transparency could have helped users feel less blindsided.

The reason Apple gave is technically right but they should have communicated to its users before.

The company said it was to stop phones with degraded batteries from shutting down unexpectedly - not to push frustrated customers into upgrading. The change is meant to reduce random shutdowns by throttling back the phone's CPU, but that also leads to slower performance.

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