Of Course Apple Is Getting Sued Over The Old iPhone Throttling Fiasco

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Simply put, older batteries can't provide as much power as newer ones.

Following earlier speculation, Apple confirmed this week that it does slow down older iPhone models to account for battery wear.

To prove Apple was right about the battery being the culprit, some users who have had older batteries replaced said they've seen improved benchmarks after replacing their batteries.

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Ex: If we look at the Geekbech scores on a newer and an year old Apple iPhone 6, the newer phone scores a 1456 points and single core performance and an year old iPhone scores 1055 points. The reports are particularly troubling because any perceived slowdowns by iPhone users might tempt owners to upgrade their entire device instead of replace the battery.

People anxious about performance could replace batteries, which Apple does for free for iPhones covered by warranty or for $79 if that is not the case. Apple's fix appears to be throttling the CPU to prevent the phone from randomly shutting down. Both lawsuits are claiming the same thing, that Apple did not have user consent to slow down their phones.

Owners of iPhones have long said that their devices seem to slow down over time and that replacing the battery seems to boost performance. Even new batteries could get crappy.

Remedy: This might affect all users who are using iPhones which are more than an year old.

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"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices", an Apple spokesperson said in response to an AFP inquiry. The only possible way that one can do is to replace the battery via official Apple service centre.

The problem stems from the fact that all lithium-ion batteries, not just those found in Apple products, degrade and have problems supplying the big bursts as they age and accumulate charging cycles, Apple said in a statement.

Last year, Apple introduced a feature to "smooth out" spikes in demand for power to prevent iPhone 6 models from shutting down due to the cold or weak batteries, according to the California-based company. "We've now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future".

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