Apple admits iPhones slow down as they get older

Apple admits iPhones slow down as they get older

Apple admits iPhones slow down as they get older

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According to the tech company, iPhones are slowed down to protect the lithium-ion battery from becoming faulty.

A Los Angeles man has filed a class-action lawsuit against Apple for intentionally slowing down older iPhones, multiple news outlets reported Thursday.

It also fanned speculation by some about whether Apple slows down old iPhones to pressure users to upgrade to a newer model.

According to the complaint, plaintiffs Abdulla, Raphael and Mangano bought iPhone 7's to replace their throttled iPhone 5 or 6 models, while Pedelty purchased an iPhone 8 and Glaze, an iPhone X. They said they were all prompted into making the new phone purchases to address performance slowdown issues in their old devices, which they now blame on Apple's updates and performance-throttling "feature".

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A year ago 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.

Currently, affected models are iPhone 7, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE, with other models potentially receiving the same feature in the future.

"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices", Apple said in a statement to TechCrunch. The software was rolled out in 2016 to protect from a common problem with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S.

The statement from Apple came in response to a report from earlier this week from Primate Labs, the company behind the Geekbench processor benchmarking software.

However, the lawsuit said Apple chose to keep that information from consumers to nudge them toward buying newer model iPhones, including, most recently, its iPhone 8 and iPhone X models.

If you find your iPhone shutting down with a 30-40 percent charge or otherwise performing erratically, you might consider swapping out the battery.

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