Before we get into the nitty-gritty (the fact Apple slows down phones) we'd just like to formally say — we knew it, we knew it, we freakin' knew it!! For years, a new iPhone would hit the market and poof! Our perfectly older editions would start malfunctioning left and right. It was BS, but, there was nothing we could to prove it. We mostly just complained until we were formally conned into purchasing the latest iPhone. This has been going on for years, guys! But, after today that's all about to change. Apple finally owned up to their sh-t! According to The Guardian, as per an Apple Spokesman:
“Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices.”
OK, yeah, great — so what does that mean? Does the best experience for customers mean that they have to own the newest, most expensive Apple product? Erm, yeah, apparently. There's a very fancy explanation for this, but we're going to simplify it — basically, when new software comes out and your iPhone battery is "old", it's likely to malfunction when trying to support the newer software/processor. A Reddit user recently highlighted that processors were running slowly in iPhones with older batteries, but that when they replaced the batteries the speed of the phone returned to normal. The Guardian continued:
"Analysis of data by benchmarking firm Primate Labs collected from thousands of iPhones appeared to confirm the theory, showing multiple performance peaks for phones of different ages, slowing down from their maximum speed. The confirmation will reignite the debate over “planned obsolescence”, the practice of intentionally hobbling a device after a certain period to nudge users into buying new products."
Intentionally hobbling a device? Man, that sounds like some straight-up Tony Soprano stuff. We'd like to think that Apple has the best intentions for their customers, but, with information like this coming forward, eh, it's hard to believe. Look, we're not switching over to team Samsung any time soon, we're just a little disappointed in Apple, that's all (you hear that, iPhone, we're disappointed in you).
The Question remains however, how do you combat this? Sure, you can buy a new phone but that get's expensive and unless you're due for an upgrade, most people don't have that kind of cash sitting around. Below we've compiled some pretty simple, cost-effective tips you can use to stick it Apple.
How To Help Your Old iPhone Live Longer:
Only charge your phone when it's dying and remove it from the charger the moment the battery is full. We know a lot of folks like to leave their phone on the charger overnight, but, that's actually doing more harm than good — the battery will become dependent on the charger.
You can go ahead and replace the battery altogether. It's throwing money at the problem, yeah, but it's way cheaper than buying a new device. According to Apple it should only cost $80.00, even if it's not covered under Apple Care.
Lastly, you can leave the comfort and Apple and go with an alternative smartphone brand. the Google Pixel 2 and Samsung Galaxy have made some serious waves this year — it's worth considering if you're that fed up with your iPhone.
That about sums it up, guys. We know it can be frustrating, but, you've got this! Who knows? Perhaps in the near future smartphones will be on the decline and we can all go back to living our lives without constantly communicating with the world at large — here's hoping.
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