Apple’s Rivals Announce That They Do Not Slow Down Older Smartphones
Recently, Apple confirmed that it was slowing down older iPhones in order to preserve battery life and prevent shutdowns. However, the announcement has earned the company the anger of consumers and several lawsuits. While Apple’s explanation for their decision does make sense from a technical standpoint, it is partially undermined by the fact that other major phone manufacturers have all stated they do not slow down older phones.
In a statement, LG said that it avoids this behavior due to concern for their customers’ opinions. Samsung offered a more elaborate rationale stating that they use “multi-layer safety measures” to ensure the longevity of Samsung devices.
Apple’s explanation for its decision also has one major flaw in that reports indicate that Apple isn’t simply slowing down old phones whose batteries are at less than 50 percent health. The reports estimate that Apple casts a much broader net in some cases slowing down phones whose batteries are still at 80 to 90 percent of their health. This means that after a few months of use, many users will find themselves with a phone that is slower than when they bought it.
While there are many people who do upgrade their smartphones every year, there is also a large segment of the population who expects their phones to last two to three years. Consumers shouldn’t have to replace their batteries every year or so simply to use their phones they way they need to use them. Apple has offered a steep discount on the price of replacement batteries, but it only lasts for a year. So the question remains, will iPhone owners be in this mess again a year from now? How well will the $1,000 iPhone X run next Christmas or the one after that?
Once again, we concede that Apple’s decision might have some merit, but the fact is that all of their competitors have found ways to ensure their phones battery life and speed remain at usable conditions throughout the lifespan of the devices.
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.