Yesterday, Apple revealed what fans have long expected: they're deliberately slowing down your old iPhone.
The tech giant issued a rare statement on Thursday admitting to slowing down old iPhone devices, saying they have used software updates to limit the performance of older iPhones and prevent them from shutting down unexpectedly.
Revealing their reason in a recent press statement, a spokesperson for the tech giant said: "Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices.
"Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components."
While we are highly aware that iPhone batteries have the life expectancy of a house fly, we weren't aware that the older they get, the less use-able the entire phone system becomes. After 500 charge cycles, the iPhone battery is designed to retain only 80% of its original capacity. Meaning as the battery dwindles, it can no longer handle challenging tasks like apps and games.
So it's true Apple intentionally slow down old iPhones. Proof: My iPhone 6 was bought 3years ago and recently got really slow. APP 'CPU DasherX' shows iPhone CPU is under clocked running at 600MHz. After a iPhone battery replacement. CPU speed resumed to factory setting 1400MHz. pic.twitter.com/pML3y0Jkp2— Sam_Si (@sam_siruomu) December 20, 2017
To counteract that, Apple has been employing some questionable tactics by intentionally slowing down their phones.
Speaking to The Verge, Apple said: "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."
So basically there's no way to avoid your dinosaur iPhone 5s from slowing down, right? Wrong.
You can a) never update your iOS which is probably not recommend since it contains important security updates or b) get a new iPhone battery. The latter will bring your battery health back to optimal performance, like how it was when you first pried it out of its box.
We always recommend going to a professional for any kind of phone repairs but for the brave few who want to try it themselves, one YouTube user posted this handy video on how to swap a phone battery: