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Apple Is Slowing Down Newer Phones, Contrary to Previous Claims

In a letter to Sen. John Thune (R-SD) earlier this year, Apple suggested its newest phones would not be impacted by “throttling” thanks to hardware updates. Not so, according to reports.

By NTK Staff | 11.01.2018 @3:09pm
Apple Is Slowing Down Newer Phones, Contrary to Previous Claims

Apple’s latest software update, iOS 12.1, contains the same “performance management feature” for iPhones 8, 8 Plus, and X that slowed down earlier models, according to a report from The Verge.

Responding to a January inquiry made by Sen. John Thune (R-SD) about Apple’s practice of slowing its phones’ performance without telling customers, Apple indicated that its latest line of phones – the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X models – would not need to be slowed down thanks to “hardware updates” that allow for “better performance management.”

Here’s what Apple wrote:

“iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X models include hardware updates that allow a more advanced performance management system that more precisely allows iOS to anticipate and avoid an unexpected shutdown.”

But a quiet update to its support page revealed that Apple is, in fact, slowing down these phones, too. That change came with the release of its latest software update, iOS 12.1. The support page now indicates that the iPhone models mentioned above are included with the “performance management feature” (i.e., slowing down your phone) software:

Additionally, users can see if the performance management feature that dynamically manages maximum performance to prevent unexpected shutdowns is on and can choose to turn it off … This feature applies to iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus. Starting with iOS 12.1, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X include this feature, but performance management may be less noticeable due to their more advanced hardware and software design.

A class-action lawsuit was filed against Apple earlier this year for committing “fraud by secretly slowing down older iPhones as part of a money-making scheme.”

It’s unclear whether this disclosure will protect the tech giant from future lawsuits, particularly since the company seemed to indicate earlier this year that newer phones would not be slowed down.

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