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Apple admits it's slowing down your old iPhone

23 Décembre 2017

As suspected initially, the culprit behind the slowdown was nobody else, but Apple. The company disputes any statements that the sluggish iPhone activity correlated with a new iPhone release.

The average iPhone user would have just seen the phone behaving oddly and thought that either it was going to cost a lot to fix or it was a sign from the great spirit of Steve Jobs that they needed to upgrade.

The feature, which slows performance to demand less power, has been extended to iPhone 7 handsets with the latest iOS operating software and will be added to other Apple products "in the future", the spokesperson said.

But what does it mean?

Professor of materials science at UC Berkeley, Gerbrand Ceder stated that this could have actually been avoided, as battery degradation due to time and temperature is entirely predictable and can apparently be tested before release.

Apple could not immediately be reached for comment. Owners of that device started to report that it would shut down at random times, even if the battery wasn't completely depleted.

Apple may have made a misstep by admitting to intentionally slowing down CPU frequencies on older iPhone models, because some legal trouble is soon headed their way.

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The company said it was to stop phones with degraded batteries from shutting down unexpectedly - not to push frustrated customers into upgrading.

Despite the spin that Apple is trying to give to the story, what can not be ignored is the fault in the way Apple has gone about trying to fixing the issue. This does mostly fix the problems of spontaneous shutdowns, but was it really Apple's only solution? That helps explain why running apps and switching apps can feel much slower than they once did. "As it stands, Apple's move comes off as deceptive".

Unfortunately, Apple can't seem to win on this one.

The suit claims that Apple "needlessly subjects consumers to purchasing newer and more expensive iPhones when a replacement battery could have allowed consumers to continue to use their older iPhones".

The first class action lawsuit was filed by two Los Angeles residents who are accusing Apple of slowing down previous-gen iPhone models when a new generation arrives.

You can read that lawsuit in its entirety here, via The Guardian.