Apple is NOT having a great start to 2018.
Right before Christmas, the tech juggernaut finally admitted to something they’ve been long-suspected of: Slowing down old iPhones purposely.
The BBC asked Apple directly about the slow-down rumor, then published their official statement. Apple admitted that they update software for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, iPhone SE, and iPhone 7 that is designed to “smooth out” peak power demands, prevent surprise shutdowns, and prolong the lifespan of old lithium-ion batteries.” The result was that it slowed those devices down.
The statement Apple made to the BBC read:
“Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, [when they] have a low battery charge or as they a ge 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 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.
Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers.”
Apple is standing by their conviction that they don’t update the software specifically and intentionally to slow down your phone so that you are forced to upgrade to a newer, pricier model.
They even go so far as to boast about their customer’s loyalty in the statement given to the BBC.
However, many iPhone users were skeptical about the company’s motives and eight lawsuits were filed in the immediate days that followed, seeking a total of $999 billion in damages.
Shortly after the lawsuits were made public, Apple announced a stunning development: You can now replace the battery on any iPhone 6 model or newer for $29, regardless of the functionality of your current battery.
This means even if you received an iPhone 8 or X for Christmas, you are eligible to get a replacement battery for just $29!