Apple's now confirmed that iPhones really do get slower as they age.
They were reacting to Apple's statement on Wednesday - in response to a claim by an app company at the beginning of this week - that it had introduced a software feature a year ago to prevent phones from unexpectedly shutting down. As TechCrunch goes on to explain, reduced performance is an inevitable part of dealing with battery technology, and a phone running a bit slower during moments of peak performance is clearly preferable to the device shutting off entirely to protect itself from damage.
One solution to a slower, older iPhone would be to buy a new battery instead of a new phone. On the site, Apple notes that the battery created to retain up to 80 percent of its original charge after 500 charges.
Installing a brand new battery in an older model sees performance return to normal speeds, the newspaper says.
But the measures frustrate users by slowing down performance.
Doron Myersdorf, CEO instant-charging battery startup StoreDot, said that "smoothing out" means that phones will reorder incoming commands to make sure not all of them are done in parallel.
In a statement, the tech company said lithium-ion batteries become less capable of providing peak current demands in cold conditions when they have a low charge, or as they age over time.
Whether rooted in iOS updates or degradation of the internal hardware components, several iPhone users have had enough and, according to TMZ, are taking legal action as a result. "Couldn't figure out why, but just thought that iOS 11 was still very bad to me".
"It's not right", he said, referring to Apple's throttling of the processor.
"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices", it said.
With the ramifications from Apple's statement still reverberating, what's an old iPhone user to do?
"Last year, we have implemented a feature for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S and iPhone in order to stabilize the peak energy when necessary, and to prevent the out-line of the device under these conditions". As techie Seth Weintraub said on Twitter: "Also on 10.2.1, did Apple slow down iPhones rather than make warranty battery swaps for iPhones that were shutting down (like my wife's)?"
The company says it has extended the feature to the iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2 and plans to "add support" for other products in the future.