Proven: how Apple makes old iPhones slower

Many users are of the opinion that iPhones are slowing down over the years – and suggest purposeful intent. Apparently, Apple actually slows down some models. What curiously helps against it: the replacement of the battery.

Update from 19.12.2016, 11:45 clock: The affected have not imagined the slowdown of their iPhone: The operators of Geekbench have understood that the results of the processor tests after the update to iOS 10.2.1 vary significantly – and not only with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, but also with the iPhone 7.Man note the distribution of Geekbench results (ie how high the respective iPhones of users could score) before and after the update to iOS 10.2.1:

The iPhone 7 shows a similar, if not quite as clear picture. That it is not so clear, it may be because the iPhone 7 batteries are not that old yet.


In other words, Apple has actually “solved” the problem of disconnecting iPhones by simply slowing them down when older batteries are used, so that the processor never again consumes the maximum amount of power. On the one hand, this no longer causes a sudden shutdown of the iPhone. On the other hand, you should be able to expect full processor performance even when the battery is no longer fresh

Older iPhones: Does Apple make it intentionally slower?

Will iPhones Slow Down Over Time, So Customers Have More Motivation To Get A New Device? Many users have this impression. However, a recent study found that this is not true: Older iPhones are not slowing down significantly even with newer iOS versions.

iPhone 6 and 6s: Low battery provides less power

It is obviously different in the case of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s – if these devices have an old, not so powerful battery. We remember: The iPhone 6 and especially iPhone 6s were for a time massive battery problems that could lead to a sudden shutdown of the devices. A year ago, Apple even launched a battery replacement program for the iPhone 6s.

The remedy should ultimately create the iOS 10.2.1 update: With a software solution Apple made earlier this year, actually, that affected copies of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s no longer switch off suddenly.

iPhone 6 and 6s: New battery makes them faster again

However, Apple has apparently “solved” the problem by slowing down the devices: their processor operates at a slower clock rate, so it never needs so much power to shut down can. Those affected have found out through benchmark testing that their devices are significantly less powerful than they should be.

Accordingly, there is also a remedy: A new battery ensures that the iPhone works much faster again. Whether these “slowdowns” affect other iPhone models is unclear. But we learn from it: Users who think that their iPhone is slowing down, should perhaps only think about a new battery instead of immediately on a new iPhone – at least if it is an iPhone 6 or 6s.

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