Raise your hand if you have ever complained or heard someone complain about a slow iPhone. Well, along with those thousands of photos most people have on their phone, this might be one of the reasons iPhones seem to slow down: Apple, the maker of the iPhone, confessed to “slowing down” or throttling old phones. Wait … why would a company deliberately slow down old phones? To save batteries from aging, says Apple. As batteries age, a phone’s operating system purposely slows down processor speed (which makes your phone quick to respond) so it can preserve the battery. Unaware of this feature, users with slow phones ended up buying expensive new phones. Apple has agreed to pay close to $500 million, which means that users with old iPhones can expect to see an actual dollar compensation from Apple for causing a battery slowdown. Any current or former owner of the iPhone 6 or 7, for example, will receive $25.
March 6, 2020