It’s been a long-held conspiracy that Apple is making your phone work slower and work poorly in order to encourage you to buy their latest and greatest. This rumor has been spread for years on end, and Apple finally (sort of) admitted that it was true.
“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,” Said Apple to the Verge.
“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 is claiming that they’re trying to save your phone from completely shutting down, as the new iOS’ aren’t as compatible with the older generations of phones.
Apple’s claim, though this rumor has been spread for years, came with a viral Reddit post behind it. A Reddit user complained that this had been worse than usual, and that their phone had been shutting down despite having plenty of battery life.
The cynic may believe that Apple’s main concern is profit rather than providing for their loyal customers, and it’s not a far-fetched idea.
Despite the claim that Apple is doing it with their customers in mind, that didn’t stop people from getting angry. Apple is now dealing with lawsuits amidst the news.
But others argue that Apple’s claim is completely legitimate as the batteries used in the phones (Lithium-ion batteries) are known to wear down and lose their power over time. The more you charge them, the less they work. This is why there are so many articles around the web talking about how to make your phone battery last as many years as possible. It’s also why there’s been a recent surge in online articles suggesting you replace your phone battery instead of getting a brand new phone (especially since Apple’s phones are becoming more and more expensive as time moves forward).
Of course, Apple does make it hard to open the phone and replace the battery, and there is reason to believe they do this on purpose. Though there are some good reason for them to slow down older phones, it doesn’t change the fact that Apple is a business and, especially after Steve Jobs’ passing, has been more and more business orientated in the last few years. The cynic may believe that Apple’s main concern is profit rather than providing for their loyal customers, and it’s not a far-fetched idea.