Apple Warns iPhone 5: Apple Slowing Down Old iPhones.

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The market is claiming that iPhone5 got slowed down by Apple. Thousand times YES — Apple had a justifiable reason for slowing down phones. They discovered a defect in batteries in specific models of phones that caused the phone to shut off. Therefore apple warns iPhone 5. The error didn’t manifest itself until the battery had aged (read: been used) quite a bit, so Apple had no way of knowing this would be a problem when the phones were brand new. So they introduced a patch to keep the phone from shutting off.

What did this patch do? It didn’t slow down the phone — although that’s how everyone is interpreting it. What it did is level out performance at peak so the phone would not shut down. When the demands on the CPU decreased, the patch was disengaged.

It is something laptop manufacturers have been doing for years — managing power consumption. It is so not a big deal. Nothing to see here move on.

Apple warns iPhone 5: Apple Slowing Down Old iPhones.
Apple warns iPhone 5: Apple Slowing Down Old iPhones.

The Main Reasons For iPhone 5 To Get Slowed Down.

Yes, Apple slows down older phones. Their batteries have degraded to the point where they cannot supply adequate current to keep the phone running at top speed without unexpectedly crashing. No, they do not do it to force users to buy the latest model.

This has proof by the iPhone battery replacement program, where people who replaced their older iPhone batteries all experienced the “Wow… “it’s just like a new iPhone” feeling.

One other thing that makes it feel like Apple is slowing down older phones is the system software updates that bring new, processor demanding features. There is always a trade-off between adding features and slowing older phones. If Apple doesn’t allow older phones to update, then people complain that their “expensive phone that they just got a couple of years ago” should be able to do the coolest newest stuff, and it’s just a ploy to force them to upgrade. If they do allow the update, then people complain that their “expensive phone that they just got a couple of years ago” is suddenly slow, and it’s just a ploy to get them to upgrade.

Phone and computer years are like dog years. A 4-year-old phone isn’t new. It’s quite old.

Apple warns iPhone 5: Apple Slowing Down Old iPhones.
Apple warns iPhone 5: Apple Slowing Down Old iPhones.

Apple’s Actual Plan 

Apple tries to give new features to old phone users as much as it’s possible without making them too slow. They could instead opt for NOT giving you the latest updates – the outcry would be significant. However, you are always free NOT to install a huge OS upgrade if you don’t want to. So no, Apple does not make older phones slow. They give you new features, and the latest OS with as many features as your phone can handle. But let’s face it, a few generations older phones cannot possibly be as fast as a new one.

Recent news indicates that Apple seems to indeed slow down phones with old batteries that cannot provide enough peak power to the processor. However – a new battery will make the phones healthy fast again.

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