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Apple admits to slowing down older phones


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This is a non-issue, and a case of ‘no good deed goes unpunished.’ Additionally, the title of the news article is the typical clickbait type that the media uses when writing articles about JWs.

 

A little background: There had been reports of older phones shutting down or restarting. A fix would be to replace the battery or modify the power management code to be a little easier on the battery.

 

Brian X. Chen, the lead consumer technology writer for The New York Times, had this to say:

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Apple said that it had released a “feature” that occasionally reduces processing power on older devices to prevent them from unexpectedly shutting down. The reduction, Apple said, was necessary because older batteries could otherwise periodically overload.

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What Apple is acknowledging is a power management technique in which the iPhone scales back processing power to keep the device running for longer when its battery health is low. Lithium ion batteries have a limited number of charge “cycles” before they can no longer be recharged properly.

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I don’t find the power management technique that surprising or unusual. You have probably noticed that when your smartphone (iPhone or Android) is running out of battery, like when there is less than 10 percent, the device begins to run more slowly. That is partly to keep it running for longer.

 

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