Apple Confirms: They Are Purposely Slowing Down Old iPhones

Posted by Sughra Hafeez in Science and Technology On 21st December 2017

In response to the benchmark tests posted by Geekbench and a discussion on Reddit, Apple has confirmed that it has pushed an update to decrease performance. iPhone 6, iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 appear to be affected.

Reddit users have noticed that Apple appears to be slowing down old iPhones that have low-capacity batteries. In a statement given to TechCrunch, Apple said that this change has been made to prevent some devices with old batteries to smooth peak current demands.

Geekbench developer John Poole has mapped outperformance for the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 over time and has come to the conclusion that Appleā€™s iOS 10.2.1 and 11.2.0 updates introduce this throttling for different devices.

Aged batteries, low charges, and cold weather can shut down your phone, so it's worked out an algorithm to reduce performance to protect the electronic components inside, according to a new statement on TechCrunch.

The benchmarks site has plotted the kernel density of single-core scores for iPhone 6s and 7 running different versions of iOS. As per the plot of iOS 10.2.0, the plot of iPhone 6s appears to unimodal, with a peak around average score. For iOS 10.2.1 and iOS 11.2.0, there are larger peaks around the lower scores. Same is the case of iPhone 7.

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