Apple admits to slowing iPhones as batteries age

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They were reacting to Apple's statement on Wednesday - in response to a claim by an app company earlier this week - that it had introduced a software feature a year ago to prevent phones from unexpectedly shutting down.

It slows your phone down if it has an old battery or if you're in a place with extremely cold temperatures.

Apple is now reportedly admitting there is something to it.

Although Apple didn't release any statement at the time, the issue came to the forefront again when the iPhone 7 received the iOS 11.2 update.

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Apple has confirmed that it intentionally slows down older iPhones in order to extend the functional lifetime and prevent aging lithium ion batteries from shutting down the devices. Some agreed that the company was doing the right thing, but a number of critics argued that Apple could have taken other measures, from modifying its operating system to better manage peak demands to building iPhones with bigger batteries to slow down battery depletion.

Users can purchase a new battery for their older model, if they don't want to purchase an entirely new phone.

"So what Apple is saying in their defense is that as the battery ages it can hurt the iPhone itself".

Apple is fortunate to be the software maker and hardware maker here, will be interesting to see what tests are conducted on other phones.

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Apple said the problem stemmed from the fact that all lithium-ion batteries, not just those found in Apple products, degrade and have problems supplying the needed power as they age and accumulate charging cycles.

In a subsequent statement about the issue, Apple said, "Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices". Obviously, there are variations and some batteries last longer than others, but without access to data, it's hard to say whether iPhone batteries are specifically vulnerable to aging at an abnormally fast rate. Whether rooted in iOS updates or degradation of the internal hardware components, several iPhone users have had enough and, according to TMZ, are taking legal action as a result.

The problems with peak current draws can also occur when batteries are cold or low on charge, Apple said.

With the release of iOS 11.2 earlier this month, Apple has now extended that protective slowdown feature to the iPhone 7 as well.

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