The rumor – or maybe it’s more of an accusation – that Apple purposely starts to slow down your phone after you’ve had it for “too long” has swirled since the second generation of iPhone hit the shelves. Basically.
And it turns out that it’s true – sort of. Apple admitted it.
Here’s what happens (according to them):
- As your lithium-ion battery degrades over time (they do, it’s a thing), it can no longer handle tasks like games and apps that require spikes of power.
- In response to this, Apple released an upgrade that throttles your phone’s processor once it starts running on a decayed battery (500+ charges), supposedly to prevent your iPhone from suddenly shutting down even if it has battery left.
Here’s the official statement, made to Buzzfeed News:
“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, or 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.”
The solution? Replace your battery, not your phone. Unless you just can’t wait, that is.
You can check your phone settings to see whether it’s suggesting you service your battery, or call Apple and they can do a remote check to test it for you.
If you want proof, this guy has it – look what a new $80 battery did for his phone!
Go forth and try whatever you can to make Apple give you great service on your aging phones, friends. May the force be with you.