Is Your iPhone Running Slowly? Try Replacing The Battery
One of the biggest conspiracy theories in tech is that smartphone manufacturers deliberately slow down older devices in order to make consumers buy new ones. No company is blamed for this more than Apple, but there is little evidence that it happens. More often than not, the slowdowns can be blamed on poorly optimized apps. However, one Reddit user has reported something rather interesting in regards to how his battery affected the performance of his iPhone.
TeckFire said that he noticed his iPhone 6S was running slower than it should. At first, he thought it was simply iOS 11 giving him problems. Upon, borrowing his brother’s phone, he saw that it was running faster than his. After using his brother’s phone, he decided to replace his battery which was at a 20 percent wear level on GeekBench. Upon doing so, he noticed an increase in his phone’s performance.
‘I did a Geekbench score, and found I was getting 1466 Single and 2512 Multi. This did not change wether I had low power mode on or off. After changing my battery, I did another test to check if it was just a placebo. Nope. 2526 Single and 4456 Multi. From what I can tell, Apple slows down phones when their battery gets too low, so you can still have a full days charge.’
TeckFire’s theories regarding Apple’s reasoning are unconfirmed, but they do make sense. It’s understandable that Apple would want to prioritize battery life, an area it often struggled in, over performance. After all, if your phone is dead then its performance is zero.
On the bright side, this would make it a bit easier to keep old iPhones running like new. After all, instead of going out and paying hundreds of dollars for a new phone, you can simply replace the battery. Of course, this won’t do anything for cracked screens and other issues that phones accumulate over time.
Eric is an avid tech junkie, gamer, and comic fan. When he's not working on his PC, you'll find him at your local comic book shop.