You’ve heard the stories. You may have even experienced it yourself. So, what’s the deal with Apple slowing down iPhones?

Back in December 2017, Primate Labs (a processor benchmarking software company) released a report that recognised a common complaint among iPhone users: their phones seemed to run a lot slower when a new model hit the market.

Shortly after, Apple admitted to slowing down its older iPhones via its iOS software. This admission undoubtedly caused backlash and brought about a string of conspiracy theories, namely the idea that the slowing down of devices was the company’s way of forcing consumers to upgrade to the latest model. However, according to Apple, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Why would Apple slow down its iPhones?


It’s not as sinister as it sounds – in fact, Apple’s decision to slow down iPhones is due to counteracting lithium-ion battery problems. As a battery gets older, it doesn’t hold its charge as well. This means the phone can unexpectedly shut down, even when the battery indicates its still got a lot more juice left. In many cases, the battery won’t charge above 80% after around 500 cycles.

So, the solution was to slow down the iPhone’s software to prolong the life of your device. Just some of the features that may be affected include:

  • Longer app launch times and reloading
  • Backlight dimming
  • Lower frame rates while scrolling
  • In some cases, the camera flash will be disabled
  • Lower speaker volume

While your phone may not be as quick as it used to be, it won’t be turning off unexpectedly. For all of us who have had to deal with slow technology – from the internet to now smartphones – we know how frustrating this can be.

What’s the solution?


If you own an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, SE, and 7 and 7 Plus, your phone may be affected. The solution is to buy a new battery – but there’s a catch. As there’s no removable back on your phone, you may need to have it professionally replaced by an authorised Apple reseller or repair company. This can cost you up to $79.

However, in good faith, Apple has since offered a $29 battery replacement (available from January 2018) and will return an iPhone 6 or later model to its original performance.

Having problems with your iPhone? Talk to the team at Reboot Computer Systems on 0401 092 197. With over eight years of experience in servicing the Yarra Valley and surrounding areas with iOS, Android, and computer technology systems, we can resolve your issue fast!