The official admission that machines iPhone Veterans "win" a taste of a safety mechanism that limits their performance has brought with it a variety of new headaches for the American manufacturer
Claims that have been with us for years about the general feeling that iPhones and older veterans provide a slower and slower user experience with every updated version of the iOS system that comes to them in one moment from conspiracy theories to reality, Proved Because replacing the battery in the iPhone 6s has significantly improved its performance - leading Apple to admit that it has started implementing a dedicated mechanism starting with version 10.2.1 of the iOS system that slows down the working frequencies of chip Processing in instruments iPhone A few years old with סוללות Which operate at reduced voltage and capacity.
Needless to say, this confession, which came only after the maker of Cupertino was perceived "on hot" in an undeniable way by the popular performance test developers Geekbench who used their database To examine the matter in depth, Has caused a great deal of outrage among consumers - and many claims that Apple has deliberately concealed the whole matter from the public in the hope of seeing more upgrades to devices iPhone Rather than a relatively simple laboratory replacement of the batteries within existing models.
Users are angry - and suing
A number of consumers around the world were not really impressed by the explanation provided by Apple for the slowdown, and chose to take advantage of their main lever of pressure in front of a company of this size - a class action lawsuit on behalf of the entire injured audience. At least eight such lawsuits have surfaced in a short time in the United States, and one has even been filed here in Israel, with the most extreme claiming that Apple did not disclose the slowdown and especially the relatively banal reason behind it caused the purchase of countless new devices unnecessarily. General of $ 999 billion (!). An imaginary sum even for a giant like Dark.
It is reasonable to assume that most of these prosecution attempts will not ripen into anything real, but there is no doubt that these are additional challenges and problems that no technology company is really interested in, especially at a time when Apple is also engaged in legal battles with companies like סמסונג, Qualcomm And Imagination Technologies and the European tax authorities.
The assumption will console?
In order to try to reconcile her audience, Apple provided Official and official announcement In which they cancel any attempt to present the decision to slow the old devices as an attempt to get consumers to upgrade their models, and explain situations in which a sudden surge in processing power to the maximum level combined with battery Worn that its chemical condition is not optimal can lead to sudden shutdown of the device which will cause potential damage to the program and material.
The company has announced that it will start offering battery replacement services for iPhones 6 and up for a reduced price of only $ 30, instead of $ 80 so far, starting next month and for the whole of 2018 - to provide consumers with a more convenient ability to replace the battery only without upgrading the entire smartphone. Get maximum performance, and even promised to launch an application that will test the condition of the battery in the devicesiPhone And will alert users to the beginning of performance degradation as a time to consider replacing the built-in battery.
It is not certain that this will calm any criticism of the company's conduct, but this is certainly a positive start.
Competitors do not miss the opportunity to attack
Those who stand on the lines and probably enjoy every moment that passes in the framework of the tension created between Apple and its customers are the competing smartphone manufacturers from the Android camp, some of whom also took advantage of this opportunity to hit the manufacturer and its products - סמסונג, LG, Motorola (Ie Lenovo) andHTC They have all officially announced that in their older devices you will not find yourself dealing with reduced performance in older devices, just to prevent the formation of one specific bug or another.
It is worth noting that the devices of these manufacturers (and any other manufacturer) are not resistant to more or less rare situations in which a sudden shutdown or boot will be obtained when the battery is no longer at its best - but in any case no performance-limiting actions will be taken to prevent them, contrary to Dark.
After the explosion of the affair, it seems that all we have left is to hope that from now on awareness of the issue of battery wear in the smartphone market will grow, prevent similar future situations where users will not get all the capabilities they deserve without officially announcing it, and who knows - maybe even bring a battery comeback The good old removals, which will allow each consumer to replace the units independently once in a while.