Unlike Apple, Samsung and LG Say They Don’t Slow Down Old Smartphones Unlike Apple, Samsung and LG Say They Don’t Slow Down Old Smartphones – NTK Network

Unlike Apple, Samsung and LG Say They Don’t Slow Down Old Smartphones

Apple has been under fire in recent weeks for admitting they slow down older versions of their iPhone.

By NTK Staff | 01.02.2018 @8:04am
Unlike Apple, Samsung and LG Say They Don’t Slow Down Old Smartphones

In a stark contrast to their smartphone rival Apple, Samsung and LG told PhoneArena they do not slow down older versions of their smartphones. Apple has faced intense criticism after admitting they slowed the processing speed on older versions of iPhones, supposedly to save battery life.

“Never have, never will! We care what our customers think,” LG wrote in an email to PhoneArena.

Samsung similarly denied any Apple-like tampering with their phones, saying, “Product quality has been and will always be Samsung Mobile’s top priority.” And according to another PhoneArena report, HTC and Motorola also do not intentionally hamper the performance of older versions of their phones.

PhoneArena wrote that Apple would begin replacing old batteries in iPhones following lawsuits from consumers, but the company refused to clarify their policy regarding the replacements:

Meanwhile, Apple has apologized for slowing down users iPhones without their knowledge and now offers a new battery replacement program with the price of the replacement reduced by $50, down to $29. The iPhone 6 and later are eligible, but the company will only replace those batteries that have have aged to the point where a replacement is needed. Currently, nobody knows exactly when this happens.

Apple has also faced litigation regarding its intentional slowing of Qualcomm-chipped iPhones to keep a quality parity with phones holding chips from other makers:

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.

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