The practice was confirmed after a customer shared performance tests on Reddit, suggesting their iPhone 6S had slowed down considerably as it had aged but had suddenly sped up again after the battery had been replaced.
To say the least, the admission has called into question Apple's commitment to its customers. Apple is correct to make its software smart about managing old batteries, which can act unpredictably.
Tech experts say that replacing an older iPhone battery could be the best - certainly a less-expensive - option, rather than buying a new iPhone. Well, here are some tips on how to prolong the battery life of your device.
Apple said the problem stemmed from the fact that all lithium-ion batteries, not just those found in Apple products, degrade and have problems supplying the needed power as they age and accumulate charging cycles.
They were reacting to Apple's statement on Wednesday - in response to a claim by an app company earlier this week - that it had introduced a software feature past year to prevent phones from unexpectedly shutting down.
He wants Apple to stop slowing down older phones and get some payback for damages. "By slowing the phone, it does help mitigate the problem of the diminishing battery". There might be a warning message if you dig into the settings menu for the battery. If you're willing to make the replacement yourself, you can expect to spend around $30 on the battery and necessary tools. So, I did some research, and chose to replace my battery. Fix site iFixit, which sells replacement batteries and other parts, says it's seen performance boosts of 100 percent in old iPhones given battery transplants. "That is, your battery won't power your device as long on a given charge". A statement from the companies clarifies that it started doing this a year ago with the iPhone 6 line to prevent unexpected shutdowns. (Warning: It's not easy.) Or some mom-and-pop shops will do it for far less than Apple.
This is a pretty typical Apple statement in many ways, but it will be interpreted by many over the days ahead, and nothing can erase the "Apple intentionally slows your iPhone" headlines online. And millions of people have bought new phones for that very reason... As recently as 2014, Samsung's flagship Galaxy S5 phone came with an easily swappable battery.
Stay out of the sun: As with most devices, extreme heat is not helpful.
Guess who has lobbied against those laws?
The Apple spokeswoman didn't respond to questions about replacing batteries or its view on right-to-repair legislation.