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Apple apologized for slowing down iPhones. Here's what to know now

The statement was issued in reponse to a series of claims that the company intentionally updates old devices to slow them own and reduce their battery life as new models of the company's phones become available.

"Apple's software updates purposefully slowed or "throttled down" the performance speeds of [certain iPhones] because operating system software updates wreaked havoc on batteries within these model devices", the complainants said in an IL filing.

"We've always wanted our customers to be able to use their iPhones as long as possible".

Do not let anyone other than Apple crack open your phone unless it is no longer under warranty. Basically, batteries get old and can not provide peak energy loads, which causes the device to shut down. There's not proof that something sinister was at work here, but what has been confirmed by Apple is that, beginning with the iOS 10.2.1 update in 2016, processing speeds were intentionally slowed on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone SE. When this worked, the same feature was rolled out to the iPhone 7 line in iOS 11.2.

The important thing to realize is the performance cap is temporary and as soon as the aged battery is replaced the performance will go back to what it used to be. Other factors, like screen brightness, can also play a part in total battery power consumption, but we can't make a blanket statement about how the various iPhones compare to the screen power consumption of Android phones as a group. None of them have this ability to cap performance depending on battery health.

To "address customer concerns", Cupertino is reducing the price of out-of-warranty iPhone 6 and higher battery replacements by $50-from $79 to $29.

All iFixit battery replacement kits come with every single tool you need to open up an iPhone and swap out an old battery for a new one.

Apple also said it is working on improving how it manages performance and unexpected shutdowns as batteries age.

Beyond those reasons, though, iFixit also notes that it has battery replacement kits for the iPhone 4s, 5, 5s, and 5c, which aren't included in Apple's in-house program.

Eqully, Apple wants to be clear they are not doing this to urge people to upgrade to newer devices.

What can you do if you're an iPhone user?

With these features, you will know when your iPhone's battery no longer supports maximum performance. Users on Reddit figured out that the company slows down the processor in iPhones with degraded batteries.

Apple's single-threaded performance is second to none in the ARM world, but as we've discussed before, there's a strong relationship between power consumption and architecture - one that's actually much stronger than the relationship between intrinsic ISA and power consumption. It's because the software demands have outpaced the hardware, not because their makers have put a ticking time bomb in there. Apple has announced some changes to its customer policies and fix options as a result of the sustained fire it's taking, though its updated policies aren't going to address everyone's concerns.

So maybe it's time to revisit this whole situation in your head from a rational perspective and see if all the fuss was worth it.

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