Apple has admitted to intentionally slowing down older iPhones

Apple on Thursday copped to something users have long suspected: It slows down older iPhones.

Singapore Polytechnic student Kirstin Yip, 19, who has owned three iPhones, including the 6s and 7 models, said: "As a millenial, I'm always on my phone, so fast performance is important to me".

"We've now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future", said the company in the statement. After I updated my phone reluctantly I might add, my phone started acting very slow, but again we sounded insane when we said this was Apple's doing.

The discrepancy between processors and batteries runs deep - and it's increasingly being highlighted, as lithium-ion batteries are recognized as not having much room for improvement.

He was able to prove that the iPhones with older batteries had their performance throttled and iOS prevented their CPUs from hitting maximum processing power. And it does so to ensure the iPhone keeps running smoothly when CPU demand exceeds a worn battery's ability, rather than risking abrupt iPhone shutdowns.

We knew it all along.

When the iPhone 7 was released previous year, Business Insider reported on a survey of buyers that listed the reasons why they upgraded. But the good news is that it's not for the reason you might think.

Prof Subodh added that a typical lithium-ion battery is rated up to a thousand charging cycles, which averages to a battery life of about three years if a phone is charged once a day.

However, because Apple also markets itself as one of the best in terms of customer service, an additional support for battery fix should not be as drastic.

We've always known that batteries wear down with time. And because it's so gradual, progressively shorter battery life is ignored by most people, until it's time for a new iPhone. "Why not just offer to replace the battery instead?" Battery capacity is generally expected to decrease with age but the iPhone's performance should stay the same.

The company has confirmed it slows the performance of older iPhones to help reduce power demands. Consumers could say they were confused and had no real information to go by, so buying a new iPhone was probably the best decision.

That's a (multi) billion dollar question for AAPL stock, which remains tied to those yearly iPhone upgrades.

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