Apple Admits They Do Make Your iPhone Slower As Its Battery Gets Older
Why you should replace your iPhone battery (instead of getting a new iPhone).
Over the years of being in the field of Mobile Device Repair, I have heard many people say,
“It seems like as soon as the new iPhone comes out, my current phone slows down considerably. It’s like they do it on purpose!”
Here is what Apple has to say, “Older iPhones with aged batteries *are* more sluggish than new phones.” and Apple claims it’s because they ‘re trying to avoid forced, unexpected shutdowns, not because they want you to upgrade.
Essentially, iPhones use a type of battery called Li-Po (Lithium-Ion Polymer), and Li-Po Batteries have a lifespan of about 400 Charge Cycles. Most people consume about 1/2 to 2/3 of a charge cycle per day. So on average, the Li-Po Battery will meet its life expectancy after 1-2 years of average use.
As the battery degrades it is more susceptible to power spikes and drops, when a large demand is put onto it. This could actually cause things like kernel panics (resets), or even worse, it could damage internal components on the devices logic board.
So, for iPhone 6, 6S, SE, and 7, Apple released a feature that throttles (slows down) the iPhone’s processor when it’s running on a decayed battery. This is to prevent your iPhone from malfunctioning and shutting down.
In any case, it’s frustrating when your iPhone is slow! The best fix? Replacing your battery.
Getting a new battery (which costs around $39-$89 at iCircleTech.com) will likely improve your iPhone’s performance significantly. It’s a lot cheaper than getting a brand-new phone!
Look what a battery replacement did for this guy!
So it’s true Apple intentionally slow down old iPhones. Proof: My iPhone 6 was bought 3years ago and recently got really slow. APP ‘CPU DasherX’ shows iPhone CPU is under clocked running at 600MHz. After a iPhone battery replacement. CPU speed resumed to factory setting 1400MHz. pic.twitter.com/pML3y0Jkp2
— Sam_Si (@sam_siruomu) December 20, 2017
If you’re wondering if your older iPhone is experiencing battery decay, you can stop by our shop and get it tested for free.
The battery page in Settings may also show a notification when it detects your battery could need replacing.