If you’ve ever had an older version of the iPhone and started wondering why it seemed like it was getting drastically worse throughout the years, you aren’t going crazy. In fact, it’s not even your fault — it turns out that, yes, Apple may actually play a hand in how obsolete your device becomes over time.
That’s right: the company admitted to deliberately slowing down your phone via iOS updates. But they swear it’s for a good reason!!!
After some consumers on Reddit noticed that their iPhones began running much faster after they replaced their batteries, Apple came clean and stated that yes, updates do tinker with older iPhones — but it’s only so models with older batteries run smoother and avoid shutting down constantly.
Apple reps told Reuters:
“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.
Okay, so it makes sense, but that didn’t stop people from being pretty pissed off at the idea that Apple has been doing this without telling anyone, since it’s ultimately prompted people to buy new phones instead of just new batteries.
Either way, it’s not exactly cost effective for consumers, who will probably be forced to pay if they want a functional phone.
Others argued that this is just how technology works — as it evolves, older models become obsolete.
Still, it would’ve been nice to have a heads up, Apple. Let’s start being a little more transparent, okay?