This week, Apple Inc finally admitted that it is intentionally slowing down older models, but it does so for a noble purpose: to prevent the high demands on the battery and processor to damage the phones’ electronics.
According to multiple reports the models most likely to be affected are the iPhone 6, iPhone SE, and iPhone 7 models. It is unclear whether older models have the same problem.
Apple did the changes through a software update, but it has failed to announce users in advance. The practice surfaced after an app developer tested the performance of older processors and found several anomalies in older models.
If you suspect that your iPhone has been tampered with here are some methods to find out for sure:
The models that were affected are the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 S, iPhone SE, and the iPhone 7 models. If you have older models than that make sure that there isn’t something else that causes the problems.
The iOS Could Provide a Hint
Apple rolled out the controversial update with iOS 10.2.1 for the iPhone 6 and SE models and iOS 11.2 for the iPhone 7 models. To see what your current operating system is go to Settings>General>About.
One more hint to see if the phone was slowed down is to check battery life. The company said only handsets with lithium-ion batteries that have lost capacity were slowed down.
Experts know warn that lithium-ion batteries lose capacity after 1,000 charges. This means that they only charge at a 50%-60% capacity. If you are a heavy user, you should see battery performance plunge within a year since the purchase.
There are at least two apps that measure battery status: Battery HD+ and Battery Life. You can download both from the App Store. If your score is “Poor” or lower, it is clear that Apple’s fix has slowed down your phone.
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