CUPERTINO, Calif. (WIVB) – Apple users have long suspected it, and now they know they’re right.
The company has confirmed it slows the performance of older iPhones to help reduce power demands and battery issues.
In a statement, the tech company said lithium-ion batteries become less capable of providing peak current demands in cold conditions when they have a low charge, or as they age over time. That means the device will unexpectedly shut down to protect its electronic components.
To prevent that, Apple says it created software that manages the batteries as they age. It slows down devices, when needed, to keep them functional.
The iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 are all impacted.