Wednesday, 03 March, 2021


Unlike Apple, Motorola and HTC don't slow CPU speed as batteries age

Apple has been slowing old iPhones and South Korea wants answers Unlike Apple, Motorola and HTC don't slow CPU speed as batteries age
Kristine Garrett | 28 December, 2017, 23:53

What was once a conspiracy theory was suddenly fact, as Apple confirmed that it quietly rolled out a new feature in 2016 to keep old iPhone models from unexpectedly powering down by limiting their performance.

Last week, Apple confirmed that it degrades CPU performance on older smartphones as batteries age. But considering it is a big deal, and with Apple's reasoning behind its actions nearly logical, it was only a matter of time before other smartphone manufacturers started weighing in on the situation. HTC and Motorola's responses start to suggest that it's not. HTC and Motorola were the first to provide statements, both of which denied that they do anything similar to what Apple was caught doing to older iPhones.

The Verge also reached out to Google, Samsung, LG, and Sony for comment on whether their phone processors are throttled in response to aging batteries. A Motorola spokesperson chimed in regarding the practice as well in a separate email with the following quote: "We do not throttle CPU performance based on older batteries". It doesn't sound like Google or LG have commented at all.

Apple said it introduced this behavior previous year, for the iPhone 6, 6S, and SE, as a way to prevent random shutdowns of aging phones. However, it did so without actually saying anything about the feature to iPhone users. The news was troubling to users for a variety of reasons but chief among them was the concern that Apple could have been doing this to subtly push people to upgrade their entire iPhone instead of performing a simple battery replacement.

As you might imagine, Apple is facing a backlash and lawsuits over their decision to go this route.

What do you think of all this?

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