So, it's not really news, but iPhones are basically hard-wired to slow down after a certain amount of time.

It's not news because we all knew this years ago - in fact, anyone who has owned an Apple product has known this for a while.

But, Apple has finally admitted it. The tech-giant has come out to say that its batteries have a very short life-span.

Credit: PA

The official statement said: "Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices.

"Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components."

Nothing we didn't know so far, but more has emerged and it doesn't make Apple look very good.

They've been basically slowing iPhones down deliberately, leading many to claim that the company is forcing people to buy a new phone.

Apple told The Verge: "Last year we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions.

"We've now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future."

Never mind the battery life, have you managed to keep one for more than a year without fucking the screen? Credit: PA

People are not happy. In fact, a class action lawsuit has been brought against the tech company by two iPhone owners.

Stefan Bogdanovich and Dakota Speas are both owners of the Apple product and claim that they were not asked for consent as to whether Apple could slow their iPhones down.

The case, being brought in Calfornia, could also be certified to cover all iPhone users with an older phone than an iPhone 8.

They are also claiming for compensation as they believe the interference with their phones caused "economic damages and other harm for which they are entitled to compensation."


You've got to admire their balls, not many people would take on Apple, who presumably can afford to buy every single lawyer in the state of California.

There are a couple of ways around the 'active decay switch' that iPhones have in-built into them.

You can replace the battery in your phone (which will probably void your warranty, but if you've had it long enough for the battery to die it's probably finished anyway) with a new one. This will restore the processing power of the phone, and at around £60 ($80) is massively cheaper than buying a new phone.

Or you could buy a cheaper phone that doesn't have an inbuilt decay switch, because screw you, Apple.

Source: The Verge

Featured Image Credit: PA

Chris Ogden

Chris Ogden is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from the University of East Anglia with degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing before completing his NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Journalism. Chris has previously written for the independent culture magazine The Skinny, among other publications.

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