Tech giant Apple recently confirmed they intentionally release software to slow down older Iphone models because of ‘older batteries.’
According to a report from CNET, the popular tech company revealed that a software update released last year intentionally slows down the performance of phones to cope with fast processors, but old batteries.
The report added that the company referred to the software as a form of better power management capabilities,” starting with last year’s iOS 10.2.1.
Representatives from Apple said that the software update essentially allows your older model’s processors to “spread out” more attempts to complete a task rather than have it done immediately and risk the phone glitching or shutting off altogether, as was the case with the iPhone 6 and 6S last year.
They add that the slowed-down feature helps in managing power consumption.
Some users have long accused Apple of coinciding these software updates with the release of newer models as a purposeful move that hampers the performance of their current device so that they are forced to buy the newer models.
The company continues to deny these assertions.
In a statement, the company said:
“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 released the statement in response to this report, which looked up the battery life of Iphone models and user’s expectancy for it to continue performing as when they first purchased the device.
But that doesn’t mean tech companies haven’t simply looked into creating new lithium ion batteries with higher power capacity. Turns out, there aren’t any.
CNET added in its report that the life of batteries haven’t even increased by 30 percent since 2007.
Still, Apple customers are pretty pissed that the company wasn’t exactly rolling out alerts to them about the software.
“Apple should have been more transparent with end users, the press and analysts,” Moor Insights & Strategy analyst Pat Moorhead said in the report.
There should also be a function allowing users to decide whether or not they want the software at all, people argue.