I didn’t want to believe it, but it is finally official. Ever since the iPhone X had been announced, there have been uproars about Apple purposely slowing down older iPhone models to increase the sales of new ones. While that wasn’t true altogether, Apple did confirm recently that an older battery is what slows down iPhones.
As batteries get older, they just are not able to hold as much charge as they used to. That’s why you have the best performance on a brand new device and you can pretty much feel it. But as time goes by, usually a year for most people, the performance gets quite sluggish. Since Apple is launching multiple iPhones now on a yearly basis, older models of their smartphones started performing below par just around the time when new ones were announced. This was the main reason which caused so many people to speculate it being purposely done by Apple.
Personally, I have an Apple iPhone 7 Plus. It’s been over a year since I got mine and yes, I will have to say that the performance just isn’t the same as it once was. Even though I’ve barely even used up 25% of my total storage space, don’t have as many apps as people usually load their iPhones with and keep it free from damage, my device hasn’t been performing up to the mark. And it started just around the time the Apple iPhone X was announced. I didn’t want to give in to the speculation right away, but now Apple has made it a reality.
Apple’s Official Statement on What Slows Down iPhones
Tons of blogs, social media platforms like Reddit and Facebook were filled with comments and stories from iPhone users about their smartphones just slowing down randomly. The situation caught some momentum when the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus started shutting down and restarting out of nowhere. Apple then released iOS 10.2.1 with better power management capabilities.
The same has now be applied to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus with iOS 11.2 now to keep them from slowing down due to battery aging. Maybe Apple should have been a little quicker to address the issues of what slows down iPhones.
“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,” Apple said about how and what slows down iPhones.
What You Can Do if You Are Affected by an Old Battery Which Slows Down iPhones
Either way, the situation of batteries causing devices to slow down, works in favor of Apple. Most people would just consider getting a new iPhone altogether and save themselves from any hassle. This may also be a major reason why people choose to upgrade a perfectly good phone they have had for 12 months or less.
If you play it smart, you should be able to get your iPhones performance up and going again by just replacing the older battery with a new one from Apple. This can obviously be also done at Apple certified repair centers in countries where Apple isn’t officially operating. But for as little as $79, you can have a brand new battery in your iPhone and keep it for longer.
As it turns out Apple isn’t controlling your iPhones performance from behind the curtains as we all thought previously, we do hope that the company will be a little more transparent with its loyal consumer base in the future. Customers that spend so much money and time on Apple devices deserve to be kept in the loop. Especially if it is something as minor as a old battery which slows down iPhones.
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Only when things start getting really bad with your iPhone, should you take it to get it checked out and repaired. If you are still able to use your iPhone without any major issues and only have to give it a few extra charges every now and then, than you shouldn’t be too worried. I’m sure my iPhone 7 Plus will still last me a couple of more years without dying out completely.
Now that we know what slows down iPhones, we’ll be better equipped to deal with the situation. A bad battery is a much better cause of what slows down iPhones, rather than it being something which would actually force you to trade-in your phone completely.
Apple even has some information on its batteries to give users a better understanding of what really goes inside.
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