The long-awaited truth has finally come out of the shadow; albeit amid huge controversies. I wish the underlying reality hadn't taken so long to get out of endless speculation.
Following resurgent accusations from various quarters that Apple deliberately slows down iPhones, the Cupertino-based company has eventually officially broken the silence and admitted that it does so for a reason—which is in the utmost interest of the users. If it's really so, then why there hadn't been more clarity on the issue concerning throttling performance? Read on…
Why Apple Should Have Been Up Front About Slowing Down Older iPhones
Before putting light upon the said reason and whether or not it's in the interest of the users, let's look at the one question that millions of iPhone owners are asking, “Why has the company taken so long to officially reveal the truth?”
Maybe Apple didn't find it convenient to reveal the intention… Maybe the company thought it's doing the right job that ultimately serves the best interest of users, and hence it doesn't require an official revelation…
The Recent Controversies
Recently a Redditor showed Geekbench results taken before and after the battery in his iPhone 6s was replaced. He said that performance on his iPhone running iOS 11 has hugely increased after replacing the battery with a wear level around 20%.
A few days ago, Geekbench developer John Poole presented detailed test results of the iPhone 6s and 7. He examined the performance/battery age issues. Poole stated that the decreased performance was a combination of new features rolled into iOS updates and battery age.
He said that Apple has created a third state of iPhone performance without notifying users; adding that the feature was most recently applied to the iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2.
So, Can We Question Apple's Intention? Not Even One Bit…
The tech giant should have been more straightforward about slowing down older iPhones. It would have not just cleared away speculations in the nip itself but also not allowed the controversies to go on for so long.
I don't doubt Apple's intention (not even one bit) and can never buy the argument that it forces customers to upgrade their phones by making their old phones run slower.
“It would be beyond stupid and incredibly shortsighted for Apple to do this and, if it was actually true, would likely lead to tangles of a governmental and legal nature that no company like Apple would ever want to happen.
Instead, Apple is focusing attention on smoothing out the very high and quick peaks of power draw that can cause problems with older batteries.” TechCrunch's Matthew Panzarino
All I'm trying to assert that it'd have been better had there been more clarity. It was indeed not cool to keep users guessing as to what leads their devices to drastically slow down. By keeping virtually mum, Apple allowed the controversies to go on and let the doubters question its integrity.
Apple has stated that at peak times of performance, older lithium-ion batteries can’t handle demands that result in the entire device shutting down to “protect its electronic components.” It was the main reason behind the widespread shutdown issues on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s.
It's easy to go with the notion that Apple deliberately slows down older iPhones to forcing users to upgrade to the latest iPhone every year. But when you look at the root cause and try to see things from the right perspective, you will support Apple for killing the speed of the older iPhones to safeguard it from random shutdowns.
“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.
Last 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. We've now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future.” – Apple
One of the counter-arguments that are coming up from some quarters is that Apple should replace iPhone batteries instead of throttling performance.
The company replaces iPhone battery at $79 (iFixit offers iPhone battery replacement kit starting from $20). However, some people are demanding that the company should replace the battery free of cost.
As far as my opinion goes, I wouldn't ask the tech giant to replace the battery free of cost. All I would say to the world's most valuable brand as a user is just be a bit more upfront on this issue—at least from now onwards.
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