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How Apple slows down old iPhones

It’s embarrassing when you are proved wrong. I’ve argued that Apple does not reduce the performance of older iPhones, but it turns out I’m wrong. According to Apple.

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Here’s Apple’s statement on the matter, issued as a consequence of a rowdy discussion on Reddit, and important analysis by developer, John Poole:

“Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices. Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components. 

“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.”

Slowing down iPhones for your protection …

Essentially, Apple argues that it has been throttling the performance of its older devices as a way to provide a better overall user experience.

The argument is that older batteries can become less capable of supplying peak performance power, which means the devices will sometimes switch themselves off to prevent damaging internal components. There’s also a risk when using devices in very hot or very cold weather.

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