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Apple goes back on its word, will throttle 2017's iPhones

Apple goes back on its word, will throttle 2017's iPhones

Oh, Apple. It seems that people can't quit you, and you won't quit throttling. Last year a practice that was long-suspected by consumers was brought into the light: Apple was 'throttling', or slowing down older phones on purpose, in order to manage the battery. After the inevitable backlash, the tech giant promised that this was no longer needed, but now admits that the penultimate iPhone generation won't escape throttling after all.

iPhone users were understandably upset (while a few Android fans were more than a little smug) at Apple's 'batterygate'. The Cupertino Company even faced a $5.7 million fine in an antitrust case brought by an Italian regulator. But if you bought a newer iPhone such as the iPhone 8 (Plus) or iPhone X in 2017, everything was fine, right? In a letter to Congress, Apple confirmed that there was no need to throttle 2017's iPhones due to their advanced hardware. Apple's support pages said the same. Unfortunately, it seems like Apple has now changed its tune.

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Even the iPhone X isn't safe from throttling. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

Our colleagues at The Verge first spotted that the support page was quietly updated with the release of iOS12.1.It now includes 'performance management' features for the 2017 iPhone generations that were't supposed to need them (bolded by editor):

"Additionally, users can see if the performance management feature that dynamically manages maximum performance to prevent unexpected shutdowns is on and can choose to turn it off … This feature applies to iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus. Starting with iOS 12.1, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X include this feature, but performance management may be less noticeable due to their more advanced hardware and software design."

So we've gone from performance management not necessary to, 'performance management may be less noticeable'. That's hardly reassuring. At least now iPhone users have the ability to turn this off in their battery settings.

Do you think this kind of throttling is justified? Did you believe Apple in its statement to Congress?

Source: The Verge

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  • CJ Brown 11 months ago Link to comment

    I'm not an Apple iPhone fan, but this isn't right for those who are (I think the Feds should suggest Apple quit cheating consumers, or face fines - fair is fair since ZTE was ripped into!) and maybe iPhones should come with a guaranteed battery change for 2 years! 🤷🏼‍♂️


  • Was there honestly anyone who believed them when they said they weren't going to do this?


  • My daughter just bought a new iPhone 6 on sale, with my blessing, to get the best camera and 4k video for the dollar right now - it immediately updated to iOS 12. Owners of 2014 vintage Android phones can rub their noses in that. On the expectation that users may be keeping their phones longer, regardless of "ecosystem", the issue becomes the no-swap battery instead of whether, when and how much the OS should reduce functionality.


  • Mark G. 11 months ago Link to comment

    I needed cheering up today - as if anyone should be surprised by Apple 💩 - inferior design, inferior manufacturing, inferior software, inferior hardware = stupidly expensive.

    Peace 🖖


  • Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch.

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