New video reveals just how much Apple slows down old iPhones


A new speed test has revealed how Apple throttles some old iPhone models, and why you may want to take advantage of its discounted battery replacement scheme.

Last year, Apple faced a fierce backlash from users when it admitted that it slowed down old handsets with aging batteries.

There had long been suspicion among some users that Apple slowed down handsets in the run up to the release of its latest iPhone.

However, while Apple admitted to using software updates to throttle iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, it said it did so in order to maximise performance and avoid unexpected shutdown problems which can occur with older iPhone batteries.

In a statement, Apple said: “With the update, iOS dynamically manages the maximum performance of some system components when needed to prevent a shutdown.

“While these changes may go unnoticed, in some cases users may experience longer launch times for apps and other reductions in performance.

“Customer response to iOS 10.2.1 was positive, as it successfully reduced the occurrence of unexpected shutdowns.

“We recently extended the same support for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 11.2.

“Of course, when a chemically aged battery is replaced with a new one, iPhone performance returns to normal when operated in standard conditions.”

Still, many people were angered by the admission and in a bid to appease disgruntled users, Apple offered customers a huge discount on replacement batteries for old iPhone models.

But now a new video shared online has revealed the extent to which Apple may be throttling old iPhones.

The video shows an iPhone 6s before and after it has had its battery replaced.

Bennet Sorbo who shared the video said the handset is two years old and its performance was being throttled by Apple prior to having its battery replaced.

The only difference with the iPhone 6s is that it has a new battery.

During the video, Sorbo completes a number of every day tasks such as opening apps but the difference between the two handsets is pretty startling.

Towards the end of the video Sorbo runs a Geekbench test in order to compare performance between the two handsets – and one is significantly better than the other.

The iPhone 6s with the replacement battery scores almost DOUBLE the iPhone 6s that is being throttled by Apple.

The iPhone 6s with the new battery scored 4412 points, whereas the throttled iPhone scored just 2485.

In its next major software update – iOS 11.3 – Apple has said it will add new power management options that allows users to disable the automatic throttling.

It will also give users more information on the performance of their iPhone battery.

Until December 31st, users in Thailand can pay 1,000 THB for a replacement iPhone battery instead of the normal price of 2,900 THB.


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