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I’ve been locked in Apple’s phone ecosystem for years, in what I can only describe as a torrid case of electronic Stockholm syndrome. As my devices have aged I have always thought that Apple do things to intentionally sabotage the performance to prompt you to upgrade to newer expensive models. I have had issues with ALL Apple iPhones, especially when a newer model came out, it would be things like:
– The phone crashing, turning off or reseting itself.
– Lost memory such as numbers or photos.
– My battery being almost fully charge and the phone turning off with the battery recharge image appearing when trying to turn back on.
All VERY frustrating issues, being a travelling techie my phone is an extension of me that I rely on constantly throughout the day for communication, tools and payments and I find it deeply disturbing if a company has the power to sabotage your product simply because they have a newer model out, you can only imagine the outcry if older BMW’s suddenly started becoming unreliable when a newer model came out.
Anyway I am not saying that Apple does this intentionally, although their revenues surely don’t suffer, but it turns out they have just admitted they do affect the performance of older iPhones.
On Monday, a blog called Primate Labs, who have an app which measures the speed of an iPhone, published data that to illustrated dramatically slower performance in the Apple’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 models as they aged.
Apple have now acknowledged that they do take some measures to reduce power demands, which in effect of slows the processor, when a phone’s battery is having trouble supplying the peak current that the processor demands.
The problem stems from the fact that all lithium-ion batteries, not just those found in Apple products, degrade and have problems supplying the big bursts as they age and accumulate charging cycles, Apple said in a statement. The problems with peak current draws can also occur when batteries are cold or low on charge.
”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,“ Apple said in an emailed statement to Reuters. ”We’ve now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future.”
When an iPhone’s processor makes a big current draw from a flagging battery, the battery can deliver the current in spikes that can potentially damage the phone’s electronics. As a result, iPhones would suddenly shut down to protect the pricey processor from being damaged by the power spikes.
The sudden shutdown problem became widespread among iPhones in late 2016, forcing Apple to issue a software fix that had the net result of slowing the phone somewhat with an old, cold or low-charged battery, the company said.
Apparently the problem can be improved by replacing the phone’s battery. Apple charge to replace batteries not covered under the phone’s warranty. The company have long faced criticism from for making its batteries difficult for users to replace on their own.
Now, I am not saying that Apple do this as an intentional revenue spinner, but integrity aside this I am sure makes them a lot of money as people flock to get a new battery or lose patience and upgrade to a newer model. I have been one of these people, but like in any unhappy relationship you reach a point where enough is enough and I am now at that point.
I have recently started using Huawei and it is refreshing to be able to use this phone without worrying it will randomly shut down or battery will die. I have been using it at the same time as my iPhone and it totally outperforms my iPhone. I now plan to get rid of my iPhone and use two Huawei’s.
I would strongly recommend to those, who like me who have been locked in an unhappy relationship with Apple, to consider getting a Huawei instead, as they are far superior and you wont look back, except to wonder why you never changed earlier!
I recommend the Huawei Mate 10 which you can get here
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