After Apple was accused for slowing down performance on its older phones. The company have been a major target of criticism from everyone including its loyal customers.
Apple did address on this issue by saying that Lithium-ion batteries tend to age over time resulting in lower battery life and performance. Apple also said that they had to lower the performance on its older phones in order to smooth out both the performance and battery usage during high demand. This new management feature also ensures that its phones do not suffer from any unexpected shutdowns. Which started its way from the iPhone 6, 6s and SE and iPhone 7 too after the iOS 11.2 update.
Now the questions remains is whether other companies also use similar methods or not. Though all of them claim they have never done what Apple have been doing. Where in a statement to Verge Motorola said that they do “not throttle CPU performance based on older batteries’’. Same was the case with HTC saying that this “is not something we do’’.
LG and Samsung also made their statement to PhoneArena as well. Where LG stated that the company “Never have, never will!’’. While Samsung had a detailed answer about this matter saying ‘’ Product quality has been and will always be Samsung Mobile’s top priority. We ensure extended battery life of Samsung mobile devices through multi-layer safety measures, which include software algorithms that govern the battery charging current and charging duration. We do not reduce CPU performance through software updates over the life cycles of the phone’’.
Whatever the case maybe Apple seems to be at fault here. As they didn’t inform anything regarding this situation on any of its updates. Where even last year’s iPhone 7 is suffering from performance issues. But whether Apple admits it or not. This practice from Apple does drive many of its users upgrade their phones each year.