Tech titan Apple has finally peeled back the curtain to confirm the truth about what’s been suspected for more than a year. The iPhone’s Central Processing Unit performance deteriorates as the battery ages.
Forbes reports that there is “something buried in iOS code called ‘Powerd’ … that will increasingly slow down your device as your battery degrades.”
Forbes noticed that back in 2016 when they realized that there was something causing their phone’s performance to throttle — as in, slow down.
“Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices,” Apple said in a statement.
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“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.
“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. We’ve now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future.”
While the goal of the feature is to prevent phones with old, degraded batteries from suddenly shutting down, a nagging issue is that users could interpret the poky performance as a signal to upgrade to a new phone — and they don’t come cheap.
At its core Apple is more keen on selling phones than batteries.
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