Apple stalled for a few days, before confirming that it does indeed throttle older devices. In a letter published on December 28, it apologized for the “misunderstanding” and said the reason for throttling was due to lithium-ion batteries faltering after a year, impacting performance. Sounds like a reasonable response, but many customers are livid that Apple has slyly changed the performance of older iPhone models without consulting them first. Now, the question on most non-iPhone owner’s minds: does my smartphone maker do the same?
iPhone performance and battery age: https://t.co/OVWD2MWQz7— John Poole (@jfpoole) December 18, 2017
Ever had the feeling your smartphone has slowed down since you first bought it? You’re not alone. And, as Apple confirmed this week, you’re not wrong either. Allegations originally made by Reddit user TeckFire led to an investigation by Geekbench, published by its founder John Poole. It showed a significant decrease in performance once an iPhone passed the year mark, and once the user had downloaded a new version of iOS.
What's my model number?
There are several ways to locate your model number:
- Option 1
- On your device, go to Settings, then "About device" and scroll down to "Model number"
- Option 2
- Often times you can view the model number inside the device, by removing the battery
- Option 3
- Using Samsung's model/serial number location tool