Does Apple Slow Down The iPhone 5S?

Does Apple Slow Down The iPhone 5S?

Apple has also claimed that the update will extend the life of the older iPhones.

Apple's own offering runs through this December.

Following the fallout over Apple's admission that it slowed down iPhone CPUs for most of 2017 as a means of making older phones work for longer, Apple said it would allow customers to buy replacement batteries for $29/£25 as opposed to the usual $79/£79.

Update #2: Looks like Switch has also published details for its battery replacement programme.

These changes first came in for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S and iPhone SE with iOS 10.2.1. After months of increasingly angry online postings, benchmark service Geekbench combed over its data and found evidence that iPhones were being slowed down. Even if they don't think that the battery performance has deteriorated. When the performance of the lithium-ion batteries on older iPhones degraded, they caused the iPhones to shutdown unexpectedly.

Does Apple Slow Down The iPhone 5S?
Does Apple Slow Down The iPhone 5S?

So, now Apple is on the hook for most of the cost to replace batteries in older (mostly out-of-warranty) iPhones. In most cases, replacing the battery will boost the voltage available to the phone, instantly lifting the performance limits. Apple launched the fix program several days ago, about a month ahead of schedule.

The move by Apple responded to an uproar from iPhone users - and a series of lawsuits - after news of the battery problems stoked concerns the company was unfairly nudging consumers to upgrade.

If your phone's battery is running down quickly, you're likely to believe the obvious solution is to replace the battery.

As of now, anyone with an iPhone 6 or newer device should be able to merely ask for a battery replacement and receive one for $29/£25, according to an internal memo that was obtained by iGeneration (and confirmed as authentic by MacRumors). Even if you're having a different issue, like reduced capacity or slow charging, you can get a cheap swap.

The Apple battery replacement will go on until the end of 2018.

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