Tuesday, 21 May, 2019

Apple admits to throttling performance on iPhones with older batteries

Rajasthan At least 26 dead after bus falls into Banas river A crane pulls out the bus from the Banas river on Saturday. | HT
Melba Vasquez | 23 December, 2017, 09:44

Apple has now confirmed that older iPhones with degraded batteries are slowed down to improve performance on the battery and stop the handsets shutting down.

The tech company recently released two new iPhone models - the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X.

Apple says it isn't purposely slowing down older iPhones to encourage customers to buy new models, debunking a popular conspiracy theory.

The problem stems from the fact that all lithium-ion batteries, not just those found in Apple products, degrade and have problems supplying the big bursts as they age and accumulate charging cycles, Apple said in a statement.

The company said its software updates for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, iPhone SE and iPhone 7 are created to "smooth out" peak power demands, prevent these surprise shutdowns and ultimately prolong the lifespan of batteries. The feature has since been extended to the iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2 and will be coming to other products in the future. After I updated my phone reluctantly I might add, my phone started acting very slow, but again we sounded insane when we said this was Apple's doing. If your iPhone feels slower, that might be thanks to Apple and its desire to offer you "the best experience".

In simple words this means that if you use the iPhone 6, iPhone SE, iPhone 6S or the iPhone 7 and then update your phone to the latest iOS that is iOS 11, you may find your phone slow after the update.

The problem can be fixed by replacing the phone's battery.

Go to Apple. They will fix it for you with a 1 year warranty, and you are guaranteed it will work.

If you have an older iPhone and think that it seems to be running a bit sluggish, you're not insane. After all it is old, and actually all old phones do see performance regression.

The poll posed the question: "What do you think of Apple's battery/ performance balancing feature?" While cold temperature and advanced battery wear are understandable conditions under which a device might not be able to sustain its normal operating conditions, the state of charge of a battery under otherwise normal conditions should be taken into account during the design of a device (Battery, SoC, PMIC, decoupling capacitors) and its operating tolerances.


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