Remember when a few days ago (20/12/2017), the technology conglomerate, Apple, admitted to intentionally slowing down older iPhones?!
It turns out as the battery’s age, Apple’s iOS software intentionally slows down hardware components in the interest of ‘preserving’ the electronic circuitry.
The cat was finally let out of the bag when speculation on the social news platform, Reddit, was finally put to the test by website, GeekBench. They performed a number of tests on an old iPhone 6plus before and after replacing the battery as well as many other tests on different versions of iOS. (link to full test results here).
As the images below clearly show, there are marked differences in processor speeds.
An Apple spokesperson said in a press statement;
“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.
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”
It’s commonly known that Lithium-ion batteries gradually wear out over time. It appears what Apple have perfectly crafted here, is the use of a concept known as ‘Planned Obsolescence’, which involves designing a product so it will become obsolete and no longer function after a certain period of time. Based on the test evidence above, it may be as simple as replacing the old battery (less than $100), as opposed to buying a brand new iPhone ($700+).
Ironically, Apple has over $246 Billion in cash reserves on their balance sheet. Yes, you read correctly, $246 BILLION in cash!!
A Class Action Lawsuit has currently been filed in the US on the grounds Apple breached an implied contract by intentionally slowing down older phones without users consent.
Rather interesting! I wonder how many other products out there are potentially adopting this same philosophy!?
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