Since the beginning of December, there has cropped up a narrative that Apple is implementing software rules within iOS to make sure that iPhones get slower as battery life degrades.
The first issue appeared at the beginning of December when a Reddit user noted the issue. Soon after that, Geekbench scores were used to try and cement a correlation between iPhone performance getting reduced in conjunction with battery life degrading. Now, Apple has officially commented on the situation, as first reported by iMore.
Here’s the statement from Apple:
“Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices. Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components.
Last year we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions. We’ve now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future.”
So, Apple does indeed try to leverage the remaining battery life as it degrades, without trying to tax it, by limiting iOS performance over time. However, it should be noted that if you replace the battery, which costs $79 from Apple, you will essentially be resetting the system back to normal. If you replace the battery, the system will no longer have to pare back performance. All of this while also aiming to stop random shutdowns on older devices.
What do you think of this decision? Should Apple be prioritizing performance over battery life, or is this the “right way” to do it?