Apple admits iPhones slow down as they get older

Apple admits iPhones slow down as they get older

But some owners prefer faster performance.

Previous 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.

For some people, the solution to a slower, older iPhone may be updating its battery instead of purchasing a brand new device.

Apple has since introduced the feature to the iPhone 7 with the release of iOS 11.2-first made available earlier this month-and said it plans to continue to add support for other products going forward.

"(But) it is a trade-off.

"Our benchmarking data shows that, rather than intentionally degrading the performance of older models, Apple actually does a good job of supporting its older devices with regular updates that maintain a consistent level of performance across iOS versions".

If you've ever felt that you iPhone is getting slower in its old age, you're not insane.

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It's a problem that is all too familiar to Apple's iPhone users: every time a new model of smartphone is released by the company, all previous models suddenly take a hit when it comes to speed and, consequently, performance.

Once word of Poole's test results began to spread, Apple was effectively forced to issue a statement on the matter.

Apple said the problem stemmed from the fact that all lithium-ion batteries, not just those found in Apple products, degrade and have problems supplying the needed power as they age and accumulate charging cycles.

When an iPhone's processor makes a big current draw from a flagging battery, the battery can deliver the current in spikes that can potentially damage the phone's electronics.

People anxious about performance could replace batteries, which Apple does for free for iPhones covered by warranty or for $79 if that is not the case. There's no charge if you paid up front for AppleCare Plus coverage and have a battery Apple thinks warrants replacing. In an attempt to improve the device's overall performance, Apple limits the CPU's frequency so the battery life is extended. In the wake of Apple's admission, some customers are criticizing the company for not being more transparent about how it handles device performance.

"So that's really not an ideal situation if you're relying on your phone day to day, like most of us are".

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