Apple has confirmed that when it comes to older iPhones, the company does slow down performance over time in order to conserve the aging battery life. Apple issued a statement to TechCrunch and The Vergesaying, “Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices.” It adds the company has pushed out features to manage peak performance on aging batteries and this was done on iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone SE, and now the iPhone 7.
The whole issue of Apple deliberately slowing down performance for older iPhones came to light after posts on Reddit earlier this month. To be fair, this is something people have long argued. Then GeekBench’s John Poole also posted data to show how Apple was throttling the performance of old iPhones. For those who have not followed the controversy, the charge that Poole made in his now viral post, was this: Apple iPhone 6, 6s, iPhone 7 performance in GeekBench scores showed a fluctuation in performance depending on the iOSupdate. It looked like the company was deliberately slowing down devices.
With Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, iOS 10.1.2 update was the one that brought this change in performance; in case of the iPhone 7 it was the iOS 11.2 update. Poole’s point was the issue of slowing performance was not just related to aging battery life. He argued it might confuse users into thinking that their iPhone needed to be upgraded, since the performance had slowed down.