IPhone Slowing Down? It Might Be Time to Replace Your Battery

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They describe Apple's practice as "deceptive, immoral, and unethical" and say the company engineered iOS updates to "purposefully slow down or "throttle down" the performance speeds" of the iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 7, the report says.

The two California plaintiffs, Stefan Bogdanovich and Dakota Speas, are seeking damages saying that Apple's actions caused them to suffer "economic damages and other harm for which they are entitled to compensation". They claim Apple never requested consent from them to "slow down their iPhones". The plaintiffs are trying to seek the case for all owners of Apple smartphones older than the iPhone 8 in the US.

Today's lawsuit should be taken with a grain of salt as it nearly certainly overgeneralizes Apple's intentions here and misrepresents its intentions. Apple offered an official response to clarify that additional power management actions are necessary to prevent iPhones from unexpectedly shutting down but that does not change the fact that the entire ordeal has been handled poorly.

This week, Apple admitted that it throttled the performance of older iPhones and said the feature was meant to prolong the life of its products. While there are some obvious gray areas about how Apple handled the rollout of this battery/performance balancing tactic, the lawsuit fails to take into account the technical side of the feature and how all lithium-ion batteries are subject to normal wear.

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Consumers who have had their iPhones throttled can regain higher levels of performance by replacing their battery, which costs up to £79 - far less than upgrading to a newer model.

Experts believe that there were certain other alternative methods that could have been applied by Apple to resolve the issue.

'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 know that batteries don't last a lifetime and they have a lifespan after which they need to be replaced. Some critics noted that slowing down phones using iOS updates, even if it elongated the life of the device, would likely convince customers to buy a new one, considering Apple comes out with new models at least once a year. Apple said on Wednesday that it did slow down phones as part of a new power-management feature. It would also ensure that the iPhone retained its all-day battery life.

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