Published: Mon, January 01, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

LG, Samsung, Motorola, and HTC claim they don't slow down older phones

LG, Samsung, Motorola, and HTC claim they don't slow down older phones

While the company should address this problem by making the battery replacement free, we'll acknowledge that cutting $50 off the out-of-warranty replacement fee is a step forward, at least. Apple had said that the performance in the old iPhones needed to be slowed down because their older batteries could not supply the peak charge required for top of the line performance. After HTC and Motorola, LG and Samsung today said that they also do not indulge in throttling their devices and compromise on performance.

Apple has apologized to customers for pushing out an update that slows down older iPhones, and moved to slash the prices of its battery replacements in a bid to win over aggrieved users.

After the building storm of complaints, Apple's first response on 20 December was to confirm that phones with degraded batteries are slowed, albeit without any kind of apology. There is still some ambiguity over exactly when a phone will qualify for the battery replacement program, but Apple says it will release more details in January.

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At the same time, Apple also said that it will offer a new software update in early 2018 that will give more information to users about the battery in their iPhone will them make an informed choice. However, when the user replaced the battery the performance in his phone became fast again.

Apple disclosed that it had introduced the power optimisation through iOS 10.2.1 update in order to prevent unexpected shutdowns on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE.

While Apple's fix helped solve the issue of sudden shutdowns, the company acknowledged customers may experience longer launch times for certain apps or other reductions in performance. However, that does not justify what Apple has been up to, deliberately capping the CPU performance is unjust to its loyal user base. But Apple didn't tell its customers that it had intentionally designed those software updates to slow the devices' processing speed to correct a battery defect. In Apple's view, the slowdown was a move created to help users over the long haul.

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To rectify the situation, iFixit has made a decision to cut the prices of all of their iPhone battery replacement kits to $29 or less, effective immediately - directly matching or even undercutting Apple's solution. "We will never stop working to earn and maintain it".

Can we expect the same confessions from other rival companies, whether they too indulge in throttling performance to improve battery life?

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