Apple caused a furore yesterday when it admitted that it deliberately slows down older iPhones.
The issue first came to the fore with a Reddit thread, which showed a significant difference in performance on the same device when fitted with old and new batteries. Geekbench founder, John Poole, confirmed the phenomenon, and developer Guilherme Rambo subsequently identified the code that controlled it.
Apple then confirmed the facts, and explained its reasons …
Apple said that slowing performance as batteries aged was the lesser of two evils.
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.
On the face of it, no-one can argue with that: reduced performance is certainly preferable to random shutdowns.
But 9to5Mac publisher Seth Weintraub asked a rather pointed question: has Apple found a workaround that gets it out of addressing warranty claims?