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Is Apple deliberately slowing down phones?

February 21, 2018

 

Everyone has heard of Apple, one of the top leading tech companies in its industry. In December, Apple were sued over slowing down their IPhones, which caused an outrage on Social Medias and the World Wide Web.

 

Apple confessed later on and apologised, but does this make it okay? Are they still in the wrong?

 

When Apple confessed and apologised to their customers, they claimed that it was linked with their batteries aging, which causes their phones to slow down. Here’s their response taken from the Apple UK web page.

 

“All rechargeable batteries are consumable components that become less effective as they chemically age and their ability to hold a charge diminishes. Time and the number of times a battery has been charged are not the only factors in this chemical ageing process.”

https://www.apple.com/uk/iphone-battery-and-performance/

 

In this same article they also discussed how their ability to hold a charge affects how slow or fast their phones work. Interestingly in the same article, Apple state:

 

“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. Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love, and making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that.”

https://www.apple.com/uk/iphone-battery-and-performance/

 

 

It’s interesting how Apple after over 10 years of experience are still having battery life issues. What’s even more interesting is that it seems to be the more recent iPhones that are having the problems. iPhone 6 onwards were reported to have the battery performance issues.

 

Although it’s not just their iPhones, it’s also their iPads too. Apple didn’t mention iPads being slowed down but I’ve certainly experienced my iPad is much slower after the iOS updates. My iPad is so painfully slow that when I turn it on it glitches out and is extremely un-responsive.

 

Apple are the only phone company to have battery life performance issues that have been reported. It looks like Apple have a weakness; their battery life and their performance.

 

Tech fans and several Apple users have discovered re-occurring battery life problems, several years before Apple were sued. Several tech Youtubers used performance checkers in an attempt to try and diagnose this problem. Many Youtubers came up with the conclusion that Apple, with their new IOS updates, were gradually slowing down their IPhones; whether this was intentionally done or whether it was just a coincidence, we don’t know. 

 

I personally am suspicious of Apple’s second statement with regards to their intentions to not slow down their phones, but it’s up to you to decide. This wasn’t new news for Tech Youtubers and those who watched their videos. You’ve probably experienced your IPhone slowing down in the past if it’s an IPhone 6 or any IPhone onwards.

 

To try and resolve the whole issue, Apple have offered to sell batteries for the IPhone 6 or later, for those who don’t have warranty. However, these batteries come at a very hefty price of around £50-£75.

 

 

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