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Apple Is Reportedly Slowing Down Old iPhones

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Many iPhone users experience a slight decrease of performance or slowdowns due to annual iOS updates over the years, and it now appears that there’s proof Apple is throttling processor speeds when a battery capacity degrades over time.

According to a report by Geekbench developer John Poole, who has documented performance for the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 over time, he came to the conclusion that Apple’s iOS 10.2.1 and 11.2.0 updates introduce this throttling down sequence for different devices. For iOS 10.2.1, the update was designed to reduce random shutdown issues for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S, while iOS 11.2.0 introduces a similar process for the iPhone 7 with low capacity batteries.

Furthermore, a few Reddit users have also reported that replacing their old batteries have reset performance and CPU clock speeds back to normal, as seen in the tweet below with corresponding data before and after the battery was changed.

Apple has not provided any comments regarding this new report so far, but stay tuned for more updates.

In the meantime, share your thoughts/experiences below.

Also, Apple’s upgraded AirPods are set to launch in 2018.

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