Apple has admitted that it slows down older iPhones, but has denied it does so in a bid to get consumers to upgrade.
Following a series of reports that found the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE did not work as quickly when updated to the latest version of iOS, Apple has at last come clean and revealed it instituted the policy in 2016.
The move was made in order to prolong the life of devices with old power packs and those that had got cold, Apple claimed.
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In a statement, a spokesperson for the California company said, “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.”
For years, users have complained that older iPhones were slowed down before the launch of new models. This approach, known as planned obsolescence, has long been denied by Apple.
The issue was discovered by users who said their devices performed faster when a new battery was installed. Apple offers new batteries to iPhone owners for £79.