Apple has admitted to intentionally slowing down older iPhones

The feature has since been extended to the iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2 and will be coming to other products in the future.

Evidence surfaced last week suggesting a link between the performance capabilities of an iPhone and the age of its battery.

IF you've noticed your older iPhone getting slower than it used to be, you're probably not imagining it.

After our initial report earlier this month, and more evidence from other sources, Apple today officially commented on reports that it slowed the performance of older iPhones in order to stabilize battery performance.

Apple has now confirmed long-existing rumors about purposely slowing down their customers' iPhones, although they dispute it being a tactic to make consumers buy their newer models. From there, they would likely go out and purchase a new iPhone to replace something that might have only required a battery change. You'd expect battery life to improve after replacing a battery, obviously.

The running theory for Reddit users and Poole is something like this: The iPhone 6 and 6s both had issues with abruptly shutting down, even with a healthy amount of battery left.

Since then, Apple has confirmed that it is throttling iPhone performance as iPhone batteries age and their capacity deteriorates. Your phone may run slower, but it's better than it suddenly shutting down with 75 percent battery.

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Geekbench developer John Poole has mapped out performance for the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 over time, and has come to the conclusion that Apple's iOS 10.2.1 and 11.2.0 updates introduce this throttling for different devices. iOS 10.2.1 is particularly relevant, as this update was created to reduce random shutdown issues for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S.

"Users expect either full performance, or reduced performance with a notification that their phone is in low-power mode", he wrote in a blog post earlier this week.

Without algorithms in place to slow down the processor, Apple warned that older iPhones would frequently shut down.

On both Twitter and Reddit customers have been claiming for weeks that they have proof of the problem and that Apple just needed to come out and admit what they're up to.

"It's not right", he said, referring to Apple's throttling of the processor. If you're coming in significantly below where you should be, consider replacing the battery.

Users wondering about the status of their phone's battery can check with apps such as Battery Life by RBT Digital, or by visiting an Apple Store.

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