Apple finally admitted that it uses software updates to slow down the operation of older iPhones, confirming the suspicion of every iPhone user ever.
The company responded to the growing horde of frustrated owners who say they notice a slower performance after upgrading their phones’ software. The difference was discussed in a Reddit post then highlighted in a Geekbench blog post, putting Apple in the awkward situation of clearing the iCloud.
In a statement on Thursday, Apple confirmed it has used iOS updates to throttle the CPU speed on older phones — but only so owners can get “the best experience”!
Apple explained that the performance of the phone’s lithium-ion batteries can degrade over time, which is why phones suddenly shut down as a way to protect its components.
Slowing down the processors, the company claims, makes it easier for these seasoned batteries to perform. They explained:
“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.”
Apple added that its software updates for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, iPhone SE and iPhone 7 are designed to prevent these surprise shutdowns and essentially extend the batteries’ lifespan — but the updates can also cause a lag in performance.
This “smoothing out” means that phones will reorder incoming commands to make sure not all of them are performed simultaneously, which causes a slowdown of the average response times by the device.
For now, the slowdown affects select Apple phones, but the company plans to apply the same strategy to “other products in the future.” Needless to say, many Apple fans are charged with anger.
It may be a very Merry Christmas for Android this year.
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