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Report: Apple Intentionally Slows Down Old iPhones

The move could force consumers to upgrade to newer editions, when their current iPhones work fine, according to The Verge. This isn't a new practice from Apple.

By NTK Staff | 12.20.2017 @4:56pm
Report: Apple Intentionally Slows Down Old iPhones

A report from The Verge on Wednesday exposed Apple for intentionally slowing down processing speeds in the older models of iPhones. According to the report, iPhone processing power drops when battery life falls over time.

The report from Tom Warren and Nick Statt draws on user experience with the iPhone and cites a developer’s investigation into the phones’ falling CPU power:

Geekbench developer John Poole has mapped out performance for the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 over time, and has come to the conclusion that Apple’s iOS 10.2.1 and 11.2.0 updates introduce this throttling for different devices. iOS 10.2.1 is particularly relevant, as this update was designed to reduce random shutdown issues for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S. Apple’s fix appears to be throttling the CPU to prevent the phone from randomly shutting down. Geekbench reports that iOS 11.2.0 introduces similar throttling for low iPhone 7 low-capacity batteries.

Apple had not revealed that simply replacing the battery would return processing power back to normal, which has forced users to believe they needed an entirely new, more expensive phone instead of a new battery. In a statement to The Verge, Apple acknowledged the “fix” but refuted the idea that it was designed to force users to buy new phones.

This isn’t the first time that Apple has been accused of intentionally screwing with their iPhone’s processing power. The company has allegedly been slowing down Qualcomm-chipped phones to place them on par with Intel-chipped phones:

Qualcomm has already accused Apple in a lawsuit of “limiting the Qualcomm modems in iPhones so the performance would be on par with the Intel-powered version.”

Why is Apple using Intel’s slower modems? They’re trying to keep costs down and margins up.

A pattern of self-sabotage is developing in Apple’s business practices, allowing them to make more money at the expense of suppliers and consumers.

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