Apple is proud of its customer-first philosophy, but the company’s practices are not always in line with it, or at least it does not seem so for outsiders. Over the years Apple has gone through all sorts of disputes, but probably the biggest was in 2017 when it was discovered that Apple reduces the maximum CPU frequency of some of the older iPhones without notifying users. Apple explained that the measure was not part of a planned obsolescence plan, but was intended to allow devices with degraded batteries to be used longer. Of course, many remained skeptical.
Well, now that skepticism comes back with the release of iOS 13.1. iOS 13 Is Here, iPadOS And iOS 13.1 Will Arrive Sooner Than ExpectedThe first update of iOS 13 arrives a few days after its official launch and automatic notifications should already appear on the iPhone. RedmondPie has discovered that part of the changes made to the new version of Apple’s mobile operating system is the possibility for the company to reduce the speed of the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR.
The controversial feature, if we can call it that, will probably remain inactive for a while, since most of the iPhone 2018 should still have the batteries in good condition and will not require strangulation. However, over time, those who have already accumulated a large number of recharge cycles may see their phone’s performance decline. With iOS 13, Apple introduced a new feature called optimized Battery Charging that should slow down your iPhone’s battery degradation so butterfly cases are less common.
However, if this happens to your device, you can solve it with a battery replacement. Apple currently charges $ 69 for the replacement of the iPhone 2018 and 2019 battery and $ 49 for the older ones if the device is not covered by warranty. A quite small price to pay as compared to the cost of a new iPhone if you decide to upgrade.
On the positive side, the A12 Bionic chip that powers last year’s iPhones has top-level performance, so even though it’s limited, the effect on the user experience is probably almost imperceptible. However, we will have to wait and see if users start complaining that their iPhones feel slow.
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