Is Apple slowing down older iPhones?


The first iPhone came out in 2007, and nearly 10 years later the iPhone X came out.

Since the new iPhone X came out, many people have been accusing Apple of slowing down older versions of the iPhone. Many that had bought Apple products thought that Apple’s plan all along was to slow down older iPhones so that the consumers would buy a new iPhone.

If you have an iPhone, you know there is somehow always an iOS update. Some iOS updates are what had slowed down the older iPhones. Apple has spoken out about the issue and has said that it was never their intention to slow down the phones so they could have more sales. In a letter the company said said, “There’s been a lot of misunderstanding about this issue, so we would like to clarify and let you know about some changes we’re making,” read the letter. “First and foremost, we have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades.”

The updates were there to avoid the iPhones shutting off unexpectedly. They had also said that about a year ago when they had an update aiming towards avoiding unexpected backgrounds on the older iPhones. iPhones have lithium-ion batteries and those can degrade over time. Apple said that it had released a “feature” that occasionally reduces processing power on older devices to prevent them from suddenly shutting down. The reduction was necessary because older batteries could otherwise periodically overload.

iPhone user and A-West freshman Alana Martinez said, “Personally, I do not really believe that they are doing it for the profit, I feel like it is just the battery not being able to function for a long time.”

To regain the trust of their consumers, Apple has reduced the prices of batteries from $79 to $29 for the next year for anyone with an iPhone 6 or later whose battery needs to be replaced. This deal is starting in late January and will be available worldwide through December 2018.