Right before this past Christmas, Apple finally admitted to something they’ve been long-suspected of: Slowing down old iPhones.
After inquiring about the slow-down rumor, the BBC published a report with Apple’s statement in which the tech giant admitted to updating 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 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 adamant they don’t utilize this practice to slow down your phone in order for you to upgrade and even boasts of their customer’s loyalty in the statement.
However, many iPhone users were skeptical about the company’s motives and although the numbers haven’t been released as to how many Applers traded in their devices for their biggest competitor Samsung, social media voiced many concerns about the transparency of their motives.
There were even at least eight lawsuits filed against Apple after their statement was released to the BBC in December.
In total, the lawsuits were seeking $999 billion in damages.