In a bizarre and extremely disappointing turn of events, the "conspiracy theorists" who have been claiming for years that Apple intentionally slows down older iPhone models in order to increase upgrades were recently proven correct. Well, they were proven partially correct, at least. Apple was indeed forced to fess up to throttling older iPhone models once a developer made the discovery that this was the case. According to Apple, however, older iPhone models are deliberately slowed down in order to increase battery life and prevent unwanted shutdowns as batteries degrade over time. It's not a bad feature, actually, but there is absolutely no question that users should have been made aware of this policy from the start. There's also no question that users should have control over whether or not iPhone performance is throttled.
The fact that Apple remained silent for all these years while people accused the company of intentionally slowing down older iPhones isn't just embarrassing and wrong, it's unforgivable. The company's lack of transparency has now turned into a public relations nightmare, and at least 15 lawsuits have been filed. In the near term, however, the most important thing for users with older iPhone models is that they stop their devices from being throttled. And the only way to do that is to swap out an old iPhone battery and replace it with a new one.
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