Apple Admits to Slowing Down Older PhonesPress Release
SAN ANGELO, TX -- Tech Giant Apple issued a statement of explanation on Thursday saying that it has issued software updates to limit the performance of older iPhones that may have battery issues that would cause them to turn off suddenly.
There was some suggesting that Apple is using this as a tactic to encourage fans to buy new phones, but the issue is more along the lines of the batteries.
Apple insists the updates were made with a different goal in mind: It said the performance of lithium-ion batteries degrades over time, which can sometimes cause phones to suddenly shut down in order to protect their components.
The company said its software updates for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, iPhone SE, and iPhone 7 are designed to “smooth out” peak demands, prevent these surprise shutdowns and ultimately prolong the lifespan of batteries.
Apple said in its statement that it will continue to use the feature with other products in the future.
"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices," it said.