It’s not you. It’s your older iPhone. No, really. Apple says so.
It’s called downclocking or underclocking
Apple has come clean. They have admitted slowing down old iPhone devices with low-capacity batteries. They say it’s a way of protecting the devices’ components.
Apple users have always wondered weather their older phone are slowed down by the suits to force them to upgrade to newer, flashier models. Apple has now come clean to say that the slowing of the phone’s central processing unit (CPU) does take place, and it isn’t for the money grab.
The act is called downclocking or underclocking.
Following a study by a Reddit user who claimed that the tech giant automatically slowed phones when the battery has diminished charge capacity, the company said this was due to a need to protect electronic parts.
Apple’s goal is to deliver the best experience
In a statement, Apple said batteries used in its phones become less able to provide the top levels of electrical current needed. The problems with peak current draws especially occur when batteries are cold or low on charge. The statement noted this “can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down.”
“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.
“Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers.”
The batteries lose their umph over time due to the physical wear-and-tear. Replacing the battery should allow the phone to work at normal speeds again.