Apple admits to slowing down aged iPhones. Read why?
New Delhi : Addressing a claim from an app company, the Apple Inc. confirmed that they slow down their iPhone devices with old batteries to prevent them from unexpected shutdowns.
The Primate Labs, a company that makes an app for measuring the speed of an iPhone's processor, published a report mentioning how performance of iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 decreased as they aged.
Apple took note of the report and acknowledged that the company do take some measures to ensure a smooth performance for the user. They reduce power demands - which can have the effect of slowing the processor - when a phone's battery is having trouble supplying the peak current that the processor demands.
"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," Apple said in an emailed statement to Reuters. "We've now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future."
The measure was taken by Apple Inc. after reports of unexpected shutdown on iPhone turned out to be huge in late 2016.
The problem can be remedied by replacing the phone's battery. Apple charges $79 (roughly Rs. 5,000) to replace batteries not covered under the phone's warranty.