Downgrading iPhone performance has become a hot topic in the Apple community. Ever since the release of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, users have begun pointing out that older iPhones start getting slower around the time a new one is set to release. The topic gained global attention with the announcement of the iPhone X and Apple was forced to address the issue. After years of hue and cry, Apple admitted to downgrading performance of iPhones with older batteries. Now, you will be able to manage iPhone battery performance, confirmed by Apple’s own Tim Cook.
Apple CEO Tim Cook, in an interview with ABC offered further explanation on the whole issue and was deeply apologetic for not being clearer from the start. Apple clarified that it wasn’t done intentionally when new iPhones came around. Instead, it was just how iOS managed iPhone battery performance after it started to degrade. This resulted in a lower performing iPhones, but saved users from ‘sudden and unexpected restarts’.
This is what Tim Cook said during the interview:
“In addition to giving everybody a very very low price on a new battery, we’re also going to give people the visibility of the health of their battery. So it’s very, very transparent. And, we will tell somebody that we’re reducing your performance by some amount in order to not have an unexpected restart. And if you don’t want it, you can turn it off.
Now, we don’t recommend it, because we think that people’s iPhones are really important to them, and you never can tell when something is so urgent, and our actions were all in service of the user. I can’t stress that enough. Maybe we should have been clear at a point in time that our actions were the purest.”
What About the Current iPhone Battery Performance Manager?
Right now, all you’re able to see is which app/function is draining the most battery and how long your battery is lasting. But for those of you who would like to check the health and current status of your battery, that is not an option you can see. Unless you use a third-party app, of which many have been controversial in how they gather that information.
It seems like Apple will now be releasing the option to manage your own iPhone battery performance and even stop iOS throttling performance and downgrading it. Depending on the health of your iPhone’s battery, this could mean seeing those random restarts, which you will be completely responsible for. The best way to deal with this situation is to see what the current status of your iPhone battery is and if it’s below a set standard of being good, have it replaced.
Having your iPhone battery replaced should do the trick, according to Apple. The company has now even lowered the iPhone battery price from $79 to $29 to accommodate Apple users.
All models of the iPhone from the iPhone 6 till the iPhone 7 Plus and even the iPhone SE are affected by this downgraded performance issue. iPhones running iOS 11.2 have been hampered to the extent of their battery’s health. Up to 50% of performance may be affected, but Apple still believes that this is the best way to keep older devices running for longer.
Sources expect this iPhone battery management upgrade to be included in an update which could be out as soon as March of 2018.