Apple Admits to Throttling iPhone CPU Speed as Battery Ages

Conspiracy theorists rejoice! Your time to gloat has finally come!

Apple has officially CONFIRMED that its iOS operating system deliberately slows the processor speeds of iPhones as they get older and the batteries deteriorate.

The company made the following statement to The Verge:

“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.”

The good news is, supposedly the blame is to be placed on the battery rather than the device itself. The bad news is, iPhone batteries are pretty much the most difficult battery replacements of any phone device on the market, costing about $80 to repair after the warranty is up. While it’s possible to do your own battery replacement, it’s a pretty delicate procedure that could result in severe damage of the device, which could cost you some major bucks to repair in the long run.

People have theorized for years that Apple intentionally slows down older phone models to boost sales, when a new one comes out, which we saw again recently with the release of the iPhone X. Given this new information, what do you think? Is it all just a giant money-making scheme or simply the circle of life for technology?

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