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Apple confirms software updates affected the performance of older iPhones

Apple confirms software updates affected the performance of older iPhones

No, you're not insane: on Wednesday, Apple confirmed a longstanding conspiracy theory, admitting that it has been throttling the performance of older iPhones since 2016.

Essentially, Apple says that at peak times of performance, older lithium-ion batteries are unable to handle demands, which results in the entire device shutting down to "protect its electronic components".

Two Chicago-arearesidents are part of a lawsuit against Apple that claims the company's failure to explain its practice of slowing older iPhones to prevent problems with aging batteries fraudulently pushed consumers to upgrade to newer models.

Apple didn't respond to a message Friday seeking comment.

Many iPhone owners revealed that when they replaced battery of old phones, it boosted their speed.

A class-action lawsuit recently filed in California alleges that Apple never requested or gained consent from customers to "slow down their iPhones".

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Residents of Los Angeles, Stefan Bogdanovich, and Dakota Speas have been represented by Wilshire Law Firm and both of them filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

A year ago 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.

"Smoothing out" means that phones will reorder incoming commands to make sure not all of them are done in parallel, Doron Myersdorf, CEO instant-charging battery startup StoreDot reportedly said. The iPhone 7 was first launched in September 2016, and was subject to Apple's throttling mechanism in iOS 11.2. That being said, the decision to keep the battery confined is often made to prevent the dangers of cheap, third party batteries that customers might unsuspectingly purchase into without realising the danger it poses.

While Apple has admitted to the move and claimed it was for the customer's benefit, Mr Pool says the fact this is happening to a relatively new model of phone is "disappointing".

"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, '"said Geekbench's John Poole". In the same test, CNET found that both the Galaxy Note 8 and the OnePlus 5T ran for over 17 hours. iPhone battery life just isn't impressive, no matter which model you choose.


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