As an owner of super expensive iPhone, you might have bitched and cursed Apple for ripping you off. Initially, you were mad because your iPhone seemed to be getting slower as the gadget gets older. But then you got really furious when read that it was a deliberate act by Apple – lowering the clock speed of the iPhone – after a few years of use, with the evil intention of forcing you to upgrade.
It doesn’t help the situation that Apple rolls out new version of iOS operating system every year, not to mention multiple patches along the line. Naturally, the blames go to the iOS, since the iPhone gets slower and the iOS version gets higher. Users have taken to Reddit forum offering their piece of frustrations and it caught the attention of Apple.
Now, Apple has offered an incredible explanation why your older iPhone gets – it’s the BATTERY’s fault. Apple explains – “Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components.”
The explanation continues – “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. We’ve now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future.”
So the cat is out of the bag now. The company’s explanation means that the iPhone has an algorithm to keep the device running at optimal performance – preventing it from shutting down entirely – when the older battery inside the gadget can’t keep up with the required power. This so-called feature, therefore, will engage the brake to slow down older iPhone.
Last year after users reported their phones suddenly shut down, even when the phone displayed as much as 30% of battery juice, Apple scrambled to release an update. The company blamed the battery, not the iOS 10 bug, and was quick to declare that when your iPhone shuts down automatically, it’s actually a feature designed to protect the electronic parts – not a bug!
To prove Apple was right about the battery being the culprit, some users who have had older batteries replaced said they’ve seen improved benchmarks after replacing their batteries. What this means is if you have an older iPhone with pathetic performance, replacing its battery with a new one would speed up the old device tremendously.
However, replacing an older iPhone with a new battery doesn’t necessary “guarantee” improvement in speed. Even new batteries could get crappy. Hence, the only absolute way to be sure is to get the battery replacement done by Apple, not third party repair shop and definitely not buying from Amazon.com or Alibaba with the intention of fixing it using DIY-style.
Perhaps that’s one of the reasons Apple iPhones do not allow replaceable batteries, unlike other Android phones at the initial stage. Still, people remain clueless as to when is the right time to replace their iPhone’s battery, even after the company has confirmed older phones do get slower. To be fair, it isn’t easy for Apple to say for certain when unhappy batteries would start revolting.
Batteries would receive different types of punishment from gentle users and crazy 3D game users. Maybe Apple could have some sort of mileage, as in the case of automobiles, to provide measurement as to the health of batteries. A notification could then be sent stating that the battery needs service, thus helping users address the problem.
But it could also lead to accusation that Apple tries to rip off customers since charges for the replacement of batteries, which is currently locked and secured within the device, by Apple aren’t cheap. Some users, of course, argue that other companies have no such issue so blaming battery and lithium-ion chemistry isn’t going to make Apple free from its responsibility.