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The 5 Things to Know About Apple’s iPhone Throttling

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By NTK Staff | 01.24.2018 @8:00am

It’s no secret that consumers want their smartphones to operate at lightning-fast speeds. What may come as a surprise, though, is that Apple is intentionally slowing down its iPhones in ways you won’t expect.

Tech giant Apple made headlines in late 2017 when they admitted to slowing down or “throttling” older phone models. When the company updated its iOS software, it put a greater burden on iPhone batteries. In order to avoid putting too much stress on older batteries, Apple chose to slow down its older models.

That decision received an incredible amount of backlash from consumers.

But that’s not the only way Apple is slowing down its phones. When Apple decided to use modem chips from suppliers Qualcomm and Intel, the company throttled the faster Qualcomm chips so they would perform at the same speed as the slower Intel chips. Apple made that decision so all iPhone users would have a uniform experience.

But that means some consumers’ phones are not operating as fast as they could be.

No other major smartphone company does this – Motorola, HTC, Samsung, and LG all denied slowing down the speed of their phones.

Feeling cheated, more than 40 groups and individuals have filed complaints and lawsuits with Apple in the U.S. and around the world. Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill have launched inquiries into Apple’s business practices and are demanding answers.

For their part, Apple has apologized for slowing down phones, but that hasn’t satisfied consumers.

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