Last year, they started slowing down older iPhones with lower-capacity batteries. This was allegedly to prevent any accidental shutdowns. Thanks, Apple.
It’s a running joke amongst Android users about the impending doom of the iPhone owner. Will your battery last the entire day, or will you be propped up in a coffee shop slyly charging your phone? Most of us remember the glory days of your trusty Nokia battery lasting an entire week. It’s a shame that iPhones are just so damn pretty, and useful.
According to battery experts (yes, they exist), batteries are affected by cold weather and reactions between the battery chemicals over time. This is what slows it down, and causes batteries to deliver less power.
All lithium-ion batteries contain a battery management system that tracks your battery’s capacity. Software that enabled the iPhone 6 and 6S to be throttled was introduced with the iOS 10.2.1 update. The iPhone 7 was added in early December 2017, so unless you have the latest iPhone, then your battery will be affected.
There’s been uproar about the slowdown revelation. Apple users are already paying a massive premium to own the phone, and then they find out that 12 months later Apple release software to decrease their battery performance.
“Apple has let you down”
“We’ve been hearing feedback from our customers about the way we handle performance for iPhones with older batteries and how we have communicated that process. We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologize… first and foremost, we have never – and would never – do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades. Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love, and making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that.”
So as an act of ‘goodwill’ – they’ve reduced the price of an out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacement. It’ll now cost you £25 instead of £79 for anyone with an iPhone 6 or later. An iOS software update will be released early this year that will enable users to have more visibility over the health of their iPhone battery.
Chemistry and physics
Apple know that they’ve annoyed a lot of people. But, what were the options? It’s a matter of battery chemistry and physics. Li-ion batteries degrade overtime. That can’t be changed. Be that batteries in laptops, iPhones or android devices. What was happening before this was that a phone would show 40% battery life and suddenly die. Now, it will carry on being a phone, but just with a slightly dialled down CPU clock speed. Not really the end of the world.
But, because of the outcry, you can now get a new battery for your phone for what must be cost price. If you own an iPhoneSE, 6, 6+ or even a 7 or 7+ go and treat yourself to a new battery this weekend.