But some owners prefer faster performance.
Past 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.
Apple acknowledged that the company does take some measures to reduce power demands-which can have the effect of slowing the processor-when a phone's battery is having trouble supplying the peak current that the processor demands. A yearly, or perhaps more commonly biyearly, cycle of buying a new iPhone has been very beneficial for Apple, but some have suggested that there's some foul play how Apple treats older devices.
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"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices", Apple said in a statement.
Older iPhones could risk being damaged or randomly shutting down if the company hasn't introduced performance-throttling software updates, the tech site says.
Apple has further delved into the issue of lithium-ion batteries on its website, which have a limited life span. But if a new battery will restore their phones, how many people will buy a new iPhone just because their old iPhone is starting to feel like it can't keep up? While many iPhone users have experienced perceived slowdowns due to iOS updates over the years, it appears that there's now proof Apple is throttling processor speeds when a battery capacity deteriorates over time. "Your own battery's lifespan will vary depending on how you use your device as well as the settings you choose for it".
Needle said he would be surprised if Apple isn't the defendant in a class-action lawsuit soon. "This fix will also cause users to think, "my phone is slow so I should replace it" not, 'my phone is slow so I should replace its battery, '" says Geekbench's John Poole. "That doesn't engender trust", added developer and blogger Nick Heer.
Now that degrading battery performance with time is in the spotlight - and has been linked to sluggish performance - will that impact iPhone sales?