A few days back, Apple confirmed that they are knowingly slowing down old iPhone models. The older batteries are unable to power the phone as much as they should.
Even though Apple has done this thinking the well being of the iPhones, we as customers are quite baffled by this step taken by Apple without informing beforehand. It seems as if there’s is no way to speed up the iPhones that have already been slowed.
Apple said that it would not do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades. Moreover, they have also apologized how this information was communicated.
In order to compensate for the miscommunication, Apple has reduced the cost of replacing out-of-warranty iPhone batteries from $79 to $29.
Coming to Apple’s story, the Li-Ion (Lithium-Ion) batteries which power iPhones (or as a matter of fact any phone) weaken over time. Hence, due to this, the phone dies suddenly at times even though the battery percentage is quite about the switch off percentage.
In order to cope with this issue, Apple released an iOS update last year which prevents the iPhones from unexpectedly turning off. In this update, the overall performance of the battery is slowed down in order to prevent the battery from overloading.
iPhone models affected with this update – iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone SE. Surprisingly, the same update was rolled out to iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in December. Needless to say, iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X may also receive it sometime soon.
In order to know if your phone’s battery if affected or not, download Geekbench 4 iPhone to check the stats right away. Or, you can also wait as Apple might be rolling out an update which will let people know about the battery performance.
If you want to improve your phone’s battery, simply visit an Apple Store. Your battery will be changed based on waitlist and battery availability. Otherwise, if you want things quick, send your phone to apple and they will change the battery and return it to you in a weeks time.