By Victor Ochieng
You have this iPhone that has been working perfectly well and then after some time, it starts to slow down. Looking at the apps installed, the services you’re running, among other things, there is nothing out of the ordinary that would warrant such a slowdown in speed. At times we start probing our handling of the gadget just to try to pin-point what has made the iPhone slow. Could it be because of the newly released game I just installed? In most instances, we end up blaming ourselves for the slowdown even when we don't quite know the cause.
But here is the truth. You cannot own an old iPhone and expect it to run seamlessly after owning it for quite some time. While Apple has their own explanation for this, many users believe it’s Apple that slows down these gadgets to push users to purchase new ones.
Reading through their reasoning, they're making a lot of sense.
"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices. Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components."
The company included a feature in their release of iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE, which, according to them, is “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.”
What could be the meaning of that anyway? Wait a minute! Does it mean that if I purchased a new battery, my iPhone's performance would remain virtually the same? But then again, it's just interesting to learn that there is an inbuilt feature in my iPhone 7 phone that keeps it from shutting down.
Thank you Apple for having concealed that information from the average user. You've made us spend so much, believing that these gadgets naturally slow down the more we use them.
Commenting on the issue in a manner that laymen could easily understand, a New York Times technology writer, said, "What Apple is acknowledging is a power management technique in which the iPhone scales back processing power to keep the device running for longer when its battery health is low. Lithium ion batteries have a limited number of charge “cycles” before they can no longer be recharged properly. Apple’s website says the battery loses about 20 percent of its original capacity after 500 charge cycles. In other words, if your iPhone is beginning to run out of battery capacity, these slowdowns might kick in to keep it running for longer or prevent it from shutting down unexpectedly."