It’s something every iPhone user has long suspected, and unfortunately, Apple has just confirmed its validity.

If you’ve ever noticed your iPhone begin to slow down whenever new models are released, you’re not crazy!  Apple confirmed they release patches into older iPhone’s software that slows down the phone, in order, according to them, to preserver your phone’s battery life.

Apple said in a statement:

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.

Before this revelation, Apple has long denied this claim, and it’s surprising they’ve finally admitted to this practice.  And for those interested in just replacing the battery on your older iPhone, that’ll cost you a trip to the Apple Store and about $80!

Via CNET

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