Dec 21, 2017

Apple's iPhones slowed to tackle ageing batteries

Many customers have long suspected that Apple slows down older iPhones to encourage people to upgrade. Technology website Geekbench then analysed several iPhones running different versions of the iOS operating system and found some of them did indeed appear to have been deliberately slowed down. Apple has now confirmed that it made changes to iOS to manage ageing lithium-ion batteries in some devices, since the batteries diminish over time. "Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, [when they] 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," the company said. Lithium batteries degrade over time because of what happens during the charging and discharging cycle.

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