Have you ever noticed how your older iPhone slows down when you upgrade to a new version of iOS? Really? Some tests say such a thing does not happen. Now we know it does. Says who? Apple.
That phenomenon has been an issue for iPhones for almost a decade. Most Android smartphones do not have a similar problem because Android smartphones seldom get upgraded to the latest OS. This is an iPhone problem and it has a handful of issues that Apple tried to fix in the background, and, well, no good deed goes unpunished.
First, lithium ion batteries degrade over time. When they do, they may not provide sufficient power to the iPhone’s CPU and that causes performance issues, even crashes. A few iPhones and iOS versions ago Apple tried to help customers by setting up iOS so it would slow down peak performance a bit after it determined the lithium ion battery couldn’t handle the power requirements.
Good for Apple, right? Remember, no good deed goes unpunished. Bad Apple. Down, boy. Sit.
As it turns out, customers have noticed performance slowdowns with upgrades to iOS versions every year. Benchmark tests confirm that new iOS versions do not slow down performance, but still the customer is always right, and in the case of depleting lithium ion batteries in recent iPhones, that is the case.
But what about those older iPhones that also felt as if they were slowing down with each new upgrade even when Apple hadn’t done anything to iOS to make it feel that way?
Every new version of iOS has more features, more functions, therefore, more capability, which, in a way, means your old iPhone actually improves over time, even if the battery degrades. But the comparison here is not features, it’s performance and Apple has admitted that it kinda sorta mostly throttled iPhones with recent iOS upgrades just to make sure the weaker batteries didn’t cause problems.
Damned if you do, damned if you don’t, huh Apple?
Here’s Apple’s ongoing problem with such issues. Secrecy. Apple thinks it knows what is best for customers and just does what needs to be done without letting anyone know what it did or why. Sometimes that kind of good deed backfires as it did this time.
Apple needs to be less secretive, more transparent, and stop treating customers as if we are children who need adult supervision. How about this, Apple? “Give me a notification pop up that tells me my battery has weakened to a point where iOS will begin to throttle performance, but give me the option to leave it as it is and take my chances, or to turn on the throttle?
Make it my choice, not yours– just a little more often– and maybe you won’t get hit with public relations disasters like Battery-gate 2017.