Is slowing the performance of iPhones Apple's only solution to battery degradation?

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While Apple will probably be quick to point out that the software updates in question were meant to prevent users from encountering unexpected shut downs on phones with degraded batteries, the Illinois suit claims that Apple's failure to inform consumers about the full extent of these software updates is in direction violation of Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practice Art, along with similar consumer protection laws in IN and North Carolina.

Apple has said that it did this to "prolong the life" of the devices and maximise diminishing battery power. It also fanned speculation by some about whether Apple slows down old iPhones to pressure users to upgrade to a newer model.

Apple goes on to say that these updates are meant to address the issue of power demands but at the cost of performance, leading to a decrease in responsiveness.

Of course, the counter argument there is that Apple should just replace iPhone batteries for users, instead of reducing performance.

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'Last year we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions.

Apple claims the reasoning is because it was to prevent older phones suddenly shutting down due to inexplicable issues.

It's claimed that Apple's actions were nefarious and disingenuous, as iPhone users were misled as to the why their iPhones were actually slowing down over time. The company said it was implemented on the iPhone 6, 6S, SE and 7. But, in this case, Apple has a hand in deliberately slowing down phones. However, the lawsuit says: "Nobody from Apple customer support suggested that he replace his battery to improve the performance of his iPhone".

Yesterday, Apple confirmed the accusations that it was intentionally slowing down the performance of its iPhones in order to combat the repercussions of battery degradation.

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The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are not safe from this and have been subject to similar treatment through the iOS update 11.2 as well.

The problem can be remedied by replacing the phone's battery. Nevertheless, he maintains that Apple does not fall into the category of insidious tech companies seeking to undermine users: "Such cynicism is understandable, but Apple is not Uber".

"Apple purposefully declined to make these disclosures because it knew that consumers would, more likely than not, purchase a new device", the lawsuit alleges.

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