Apple Reveals Why iPhones with Older Batteries are Running Slower

Yesterday we told you that many iPhone owners revealed that when they replaced battery of old phones, it boosted their speed. They also discovered that Apple is limiting the processing speed on phones with older batteries. Many other theories suggested that Apple slows down old devices to encourage customers to get new iPhones.  After these allegations the tech giant responded actively and Apple Reveals Why iPhones with Older Batteries are Running Slower.

Apple Reveals Why iPhones with Older Batteries are Running Slower

Apple is focusing on smoothing high peaks of power draw that can cause problems with older batteries.

When Apple, was asked about these allegations, the answer was no and the company said that:

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 further added that:

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.

iPhone are hitting peaks of processor power ,due to which battery was unable to power. To resolve this issue, Apple added power management to iPhones that can smooth out the peaks in two way:

  • By capping the power available from the battery
  • By spreading power requests over several cycles

The users with older batteries replaced them and said they have seen improvement. It means their batteries were aging off which has nothing to do with time. As sometimes batteries age up if you put them in sun.

When the battery ages, iOS checks the effectiveness of it and later on becomes unable to give the processor all power it needs to hit a peak of power.

The controversy Apple faced could be avoided if the company had made direct communication with their clients having battery issues.

Also Read: Benchmark Data Reveals Apple is Slowing Down iPhones with Old Batteries

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Fizza Atique

Fizza Atique is a Tech writer specializing in the intersection of tech and culture. She likes photography, VR, electronic music, coffee, and baking.

One Comment

  1. But doesn’t Apple customers already have this option to save their battery life? It’s called battery saver!
    In my opinion this is a strategy to force a upgrade! I wondered why my 4S has been running so slow it’s almost unusable….

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