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Apple confirms its slowing down old iPhones - here's why

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"By slowing the phone, it does help mitigate the problem of the diminishing battery". The processors in those devices wanted to hit faster speeds, but their batteries couldn't handle the demand, prompting some phones to simply switch themselves off.

"So what Apple is saying in their defense is that as the battery ages it can hurt the iPhone itself". Others have suggested that Apple should make the operating system more proactive about alerting users to their battery issues, so they at least know they can try a battery replacement to speed up their phone before plunking down even more money for a brand new one-or at least so they understand why their phone seems slower. 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. Following that, Geekbench founder John Poole did some performance testing of his own on various iPhone models running different iterations of iOS.

On the other hand, there's a lot of negative reaction to this information, probably because people think Apple could manufacture higher quality hardware that doesn't see its peak performance decline quite so quickly.

"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices", a spokesperson for Apple said.

They were reacting to Apple's statement on Wednesday - in response to a claim by an app company earlier this week - that it had introduced a software feature past year to prevent phones from unexpectedly shutting down.

The tech giant made the announcement Wednesday after a report two days earlier from Primate Labs, the company behind the Geekbench processor benchmarking software, explained the slowdown. But if a new battery will restore their phones, how many people will buy a new iPhone just because their old iPhone is starting to feel like it can't keep up?

Apple releases new iPhone models annually, and sales of the handsets power its money-making engine.

Now it has been revealed that Apple is slowing down older iPhones as it releases a new model, or models.

Apple has long denied this assertion.

The batteries in older phones start to lose their oomph, especially if the devices have been repeatedly exposed to extreme temperatures. Apple charges $79 to replace the battery of an iPhone that's no longer covered by a warranty.