Apple: Yep, iPhones do slow down, but for a good reason

Following that post on Geekbench that appeared to show Apple iPhones were throttling performance as battery life decreased, Apple has confirmed that the phones do indeed slow down in order to remain functional as the batteries age. In a response to an informational request by The Verge, Apple said that the lithium-ion batteries become less able to supple a surge of needed power as they ago, which made some phones suddenly turn off.

To fix that, Apple installed a bit of code in the phones – originally in the iPhone 6, 6s and SE – to “smooth out” the peak power demand by essentially throttling the phones’ performance, or by spreading out the power demand. That solved the sudden shut-off problem, and Apple then expanded the tactic to the iPhone 7, which is now two generations old. And again, the simple solution is to just replace the battery. But that’s not always cheap or easy to do.

Basically, Apple says they did what they had to do in order to keep the phones working, so the question now is: What is a legitimate lifetime for a smartphone battery, which has one of the hardest jobs in tech: running our seemingly always-on, always-in-use smartphones for the better part of a day. Is it a year? Two years? More?

To Apple’s credit, an iPhone will give you a notification when the battery is in really bad shape, and for the most part, most people never even know their phone has slowed down at all. But clearly, some do. There are, of course, apps out there that monitor the health of your phone battery, and we have links and more details on the story: https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/20/16800058/apple-iphone-slow-fix-battery-life-capacity

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