Apple has come out to defend itself against insinuations that it makes iPhones perform sluggishly after a year or a few years to force the user upgrade to whatever is the newest model in the market.
In a statement sent to TechCrunch and BuzzFeed News, the company said such speculations are wrong.
Apple out to Prolong Life of Devices
“Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices.”
Apple explained that 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.”
The company assured iPhone users that it is doing something about the issue.
Feature to Smooth out Quick Peaks
Apple said it 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 those conditions.
The company also said it has extended the feature to iPhone 7 via iOS 11.2 and may do the same for other products in the future.
Performance and Battery Issues
Apple’s statement was in response to a Reddit post, citing observations and tests done by Geekbench developer John Poole on the iPhone 6s and 7.
TechCrunch’s Matthew Panzarino agreed that it would be “beyond stupid and incredibly short-sighted” for Apple to make older iPhones run slow.
He said that if the company had resorted to such tactic, it “would likely lead to tangles of a governmental and legal nature that no company like Apple would ever want to happen.”
Apple has explained why older iPhones ran slow and cited “aged” batteries as the cause.
BuzzFeed News said the best thing to do is to replace the battery rather than buy a new phone.
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