iPhone Battery Slowdown “Feature”

You have probably heard over the past few weeks about the iPhone battery performance issues. Several reports were released after accusations were made that Apple purposefully slowed down older iPhones as their batteries began to wear out. There is a lot of speculation as to whether or not this was to encourage people to upgrade their phones or if it’s merely a “feature” to prevent the phone from shutting down.

Ananta and Patrick purchased their iPhone 6 on the same day from the same store. Patrick had noticed that the battery on his phone was beginning to lose its charge rapidly. Ananta, on the other hand, did not experience this.

How Do You Use Your Phone?

I know some people use the same phone, even iPhones, for years without any problems. These people are minimalist in their usage. They only use it for phone calls, text messages, sending and receiving email, and browsing the internet once in a while.

Others use it for directions and gauging traffic, listening to podcasts on the way to work, gaming during lunch, tracking workouts after work, adding data to Google Sheets, and reading the latest news before turning in for the night. That’s a lot of usage.

Batteries over time will not hold their charge.

What Apple Should Have Done

If people knew that it was just a battery issue and not a phone issue, they could just replace the battery which is very inexpensive. You can go to most phone repair shops and buy a new one for $50 or less. That is nothing compared to how expensive a new iPhone costs. By not informing anyone, people assumed their phone was old and that they needed to purchase a new one. Unfortunately, now Apple has several class-action suits against them.

Similar to other notifications, it would have taken merely a popup warning that notifies users that their battery needs to be replaced, this all could have been avoided.

What You Can Do Now

If you are experiencing these problems, Apple is now offering battery replacements for as low as $29. All you have to do is make an appointment for the Genius Bar at any Apple Store.


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