Apple reduces speed of iPhones as batteries wear out, report suggests

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Poole examined the issue by plotting performance scores across a variety of iPhone models.

In simple words, the battery on your old iPhone is responsible for its slow performance. However, the distribution of iPhone 6S scores for iOS 10.2.1 appears multimodal, with one large peak around the average and several smaller peaks around lower scores. Analysis of the scores of multiple iPhone 6S devices running iOS 10.2.1 as opposed to iOS 10.2, according to Geekbench, showed multiple points where scores clustered, below the single average point that was previously observed.

However, Poole is arguing that the performance drop for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and also iPhone 7 is deliberate and will lead many users to wrongly believe this is due to slow down in CPU performance, instead of battery issues.

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Currently, most modern iPhones either run in full performance, or in limited performance once they enter low-power mode (which the user is notified of first), Poole wrote.

It's thought that problem was a result of degraded batteries being unable to handle the iPhone's clock speeds.

A Reddit poster hypothesised the issue may have arisen from the iPhone 6s battery replacement program of 2016. The graph shared by Poole, shows that under iOS 11 this fluctuation in scores is much more pronounced. "The difference between iOS 10.2 and 10.2.1 is too abrupt to be just a function of battery condition".

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Whether intentional or not, Poole goes on to state that Apple's decision to approach battery performance with iPhones in this manner may leave customers with the wrong impression.

It's a question that comes up again and again because iPhone batteries aren't easy to replace, and a new report from a popular benchmarking app suggests the answer is yes. This suggests Apple maybe knowingly reducing the performance of some devices, although, Geekbench is also quick to note that this could be intended so "your device doesn't shutdown at 40 per cent battery when you need it the most".

"It appears the problem is widespread, and will only get worse as phones (and their batteries) continue to age", John Poole wrote". It was surmised that Apple was throttling iPhones whose batteries capacities had fallen below a certain threshold in order to preserve battery life. "This will likely feed into the "planned obsolecense" narritive". Apple did not yet return a request for comment on the Primate Lab findings.

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