Thursday in CE: Apple Confirms iPhones Slow Down with Older Batteries
Yesterday was a day that answered a lot of questions in the Apple community. It has been speculated for a while now that older iPhones performance were being throttled for reasons unknown to the consumer. Speculation included Apple forcing customers to buy a new iPhone, another was the iOS was better optimized for new phones leaving the old ones in the dust.
Skipping over the fact that planned obsolescence is borderline criminal, Reddit users have found a smoking gun in Geekbench tests that show older models, specifically the older batteries, are throttling performance. What it boils down to is that iOS 10.2.1 and 11.2.0 introduced throttling for different devices, in theory to prevent random shutdown issues.
Some Reddit users report that replacing their batteries has returned performance and CPU clock speeds back to normal. The reports are particularly troubling because any perceived slowdowns by iPhone users might tempt owners to upgrade their entire device instead of replace the battery. “This fix will also cause users to think, 'my phone is slow so I should replace it' not, 'my phone is slow so I should replace its battery,’” says Geekbench’s John Poole.