Apple just came out and admitted what iPhone users have suspected for years. They're purposefully slowing down older iPhone models.
But it's not as nefarious as it sounds. They say they're doing it in an effort to conserve battery life, reported BGR.
The Cupertino-based company was hit with a class-action lawsuit today. Filed by Stefan Bogdanovich and Dakota Speas, the suit claims that Apple’s deliberate effort to throttle CPU performance on the iPhone amounts to “breach of contract.” The suit—revealed by a TMZ story—also notes that Apple’s behavior lowers the resale value of existing iPhones. They argue that it "underhandedly coerces iPhone owners to upgrade to newer models."
The truth that iPhone users have long perceived—that their phones were slowing down when they updated—was revealed by Geekbench founder John Poole. Poole did performance testing of his own on various iPhone models running different iterations of iOS. He found that Apple was, in fact, slowing down iPhone models with lower-capacity batteries I the interest of battery life and preventing unexpected shutdowns.
News of Poole’s test results began to spread, and Apple was forced to issue a statement. They confirmed Poole's data.
Apple’s statement reads:
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.
While it makes sense for Apple to want to prevent random crashes, they should have been more upfront with their users. No one wants a phone that doesn't work, but they'd also like to have the choice between a slow phone or an unreliable phone.