Ap­ple re­sponds to claims it slows down old iphones

Ap­ple answers its crit­ics. Ro­man Loy­ola re­ports

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Ap­ple has re­leased a state­ment to Techcrunch to ad­dress ac­cu­sa­tions on the In­ter­net that the com­pany pur­posely throt­tles the per­for­mance of older iphones in or­der to boost new iphone sales. Here is the state­ment to Techcrunch:

“Our goal is to de­liver the best ex­pe­ri­ence for cus­tomers, which in­cludes over­all per­for­mance

and pro­long­ing the life of their de­vices. Lithium-ion bat­ter­ies be­come less ca­pa­ble of sup­ply­ing peak cur­rent de­mands when in cold con­di­tions, have a low bat­tery charge or as they age over time, which can re­sult in the de­vice un­ex­pect­edly shut­ting down to pro­tect its elec­tronic com­po­nents.

“Last year 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. We’ve now ex­tended that fea­ture to iphone 7 with IOS 11.2, and plan to add sup­port for other prod­ucts in the fu­ture.”

The bat­ter­ies in iphones, ipads, and other por­ta­ble de­vices de­grade over time, thanks to heat and age. This means an older bat­tery be­comes less suited to meet the de­mands of a de­vice’s pro­cess­ing peak. With an iphone, this could cause the de­vice to shut down.

To ad­dress this, Ap­ple last year up­dated IOS with power man­age­ment fea­tures so that pro­cess­ing peaks were smoothed out by putting a cap on the power draw from the bat­tery, or by dis­tribut­ing power re­quests over mul­ti­ple cy­cles.

As Techcrunch points out, this is a prob­lem with lithium-ion bat­ter­ies, and Ap­ple’s power man­age­ment is an at­tempt to pro­long the life of your de­vice, not to shorten it. If Ap­ple were truly try­ing to ham­per per­for­mance to force sales of new de­vices, the com­pany would be ba­si­cally ask­ing for le­gal and gov­ern­men­tal prob­lems.

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