To the major disappointment of die-hard Apple supporters, the "conspiracy theories" around older phones slowing down was proven true. While not necessarily an intentional planned obsolescence, Apple claims that the necessary evil was a move to preserve older phones with degraded batteries.
Apple's latest apology came in the form of offering $29 battery swaps for iPhone 6 and up, a $50 discount from the normal $79. While the tests are not disclosed, Apple says customers can visit their local Genius Bar and use their diagnostic test to see if a battery can retain 80 percent of its original capacity at 500 complete charge cycles. This led to some confusion over the weekend, with some consumers claiming that Apple denied them a battery swap since their devices passed the diagnostic test.
They also noted that only iPhone 6 and up are eligible, leaving older phones, who arguably need the service more, left to dry. The root of the issue really is not weighted on the fact that iPhone is slowing phones down. That actually makes a lot of sense. Especially with all the hyper-specific tweaks Apple makes to the phone. The main issues are that Apple actively fights consumers right to repair, they didn't inform customers rather they let them figure it out, and competitors like Samsung and LG claim that slowing down phones is an unnecessary maneuver.