Apple Inc. Admits to Slowing Old iPhones: Will This Hurt AAPL Stock?

Apple software aims to avoid unexpected shutdowns on older phones and this, in turn, can slow the phones.

"Many iPhone 6s devices were shutting down unexpectedly, even after the battery replacement program (Which many people weren't entitled to use)". Geekbench reports that iOS 11.2.0 introduces similar throttling for low iPhone 7 low capacity batteries.

However, Apple said in a statement to The Verge that it is slowing down processors not to push customers to upgrade to new phones, but because it makes it easier for older batteries in iPhones to continue performing after they started aging. iPhones essentially hit peaks of processing power that the battery can not keep up with as they age. Like most people, you might be considering the option of replacing the phone entirely without attempting to have it checked out.

Apple has confirmed the findings from Geekbench developer John Poole, but has claimed it's trying to prolong the life of devices, rather than force you to upgrade.

Ms Kiranjeet Kaur, a senior research manager for client devices at market research firm IDC Asia-Pacific, said: "I would think throttling speed to ensure larger gamut of devices get Apple software updates and support is a reasonable trade-off, but transparency would help build user confidence".

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Some iPhone users, who said they would prefer a faster phone, also wanted Apple to be more transparent with the effects of its updates. "The solution should not be at the expense of the user's experience which might be affected if the phone slows down".

In the Reddit post that generated intense interest in Apple's battery strategy earlier this month, a user named TeckFire reported that after noticing that different versions of the iPhone 6 series were running at vastly different speeds, they saw speeds pick up again once the battery on an iPhone 6S was replaced.

"The phone shutting down by itself and having a shorter battery life are minor inconveniences by comparison".

"Is my iPhone getting slower?" "Why not just offer to replace the battery instead?"

Apple has now clarified that as the batteries age, lithium-ion batteries used in its phones become less able to provide the top levels of electrical current needed. If not, it costs $118.

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