Apple has finally admitted a long held belief that it intentionally slows down older iPhone models.
This is after Primate Labs, a company that measures processor speed, published a report earlier this week that showed slower performance in the Apple’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 models as they were updated to newer versions of iOS.
Following the report Apple suppled a statement to The Verge saying:
“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.”
Apple are now facing a barrage of criticism for not being more transparent about the software update, or explaining to users when it happens.