It’s Not Your Imagination – Apple IS Slowing Down Old Phones

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Ever feel like your phone suddenly stops performing just as a new model comes out? If you’re using an iPhone, you probably aren’t imagining things. In fact, Apple just admitted that they do it on purpose!

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In a rare move, Apple actually addressed the frustration and rumors circulating among users claiming that they have chosen to limit the performance of older iPhones through updates. That’s kind of outrageous.

While many accuse Apple of doing this in an effort to force people to upgrade to the newest model, they claim it because “the performance of lithium-ion batteries degrades over time, which can sometimes cause phones to suddenly shut down in order to protect their components.”

Uhhh…. not buying it. You might be able to make that argument for an iPhone 5 or 6 but the iPhone 7 is still relatively new. Besides, shouldn’t we, the consumers, have the right to decide if we want to install software to “prolong the lifespan of batteries?” 

Not surprisingly, some people have already said that they are switching to Samsung when they upgrade their devices. Apple said it has no plans of changing their methods.

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