It was announced today (December 30) that Apple was going to offer the discounted price for battery repairs a month early. Engadget is reporting that you can start submitting your older iPhone devices for new batteries for $29, which is down from the regular $79, as their apology to you for slowing down your phones.
It is surprising that they will not offer it for free since they are apologizing. However, with the millions of iPhone 6, 6S, SE, and 7 out there, that would be a huge loss for them. So, if you think this is fair, then by all means have them repaired. Or, you can try Android, which has never slowed down their devices.
For the longest time, Apple and their users have always condescendingly looked down at over mobile providers. Citing that Apple takes care of their customers and that everyone else was part of the evil empire. What Apple users don’t realize, since the iPhone’s launch in 2007, they have become part of the evil empire. Aside from forcing users to their user interface, dongles, and ever-changing peripherals, it seems that it has finally come to a head with their conspiratorial theories that Apple slows down their devices.
After being found out, Apple admitted that it does slow down the batteries of older devices. Not for the sake of increasing the amount of people that upgrade to the latest devices, according to Apple. They do so for the sake of performance. “This power management works by looking at a combination of the device temperature, battery state of charge, and the battery’s impedance. Only if these variables require it, iOS will dynamically manage the maximum performance of some system components, such as the CPU and GPU in order to prevent unexpected shutdowns.”
The iPhone 6, 6S, SE, and 7 have much slower peak performance as they get older and their batteries aren’t able to provide as much power to the processor. What makes this worse is that Apple didn’t come forward with the announcement. It only came to light after GeekBench revealed it in a post.
Now the slowdown would affect things like iPhones with older batteries may also more aggressively dim their screens, have lower maximum speaker volumes, and even have their camera flashes disabled when the system needs more peak power than the battery can provide. But other core features, like the cell radio, GPS, and camera quality, aren’t affected, Apple says. The whole approach actually quite clever, but cleverness isn’t a great substitute for speed.
Apple later, after bad press and multiple lawsuits, have issued a letter apologizing for the “misunderstanding” surrounding the older iPhones. “We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down,” says the company. “We apologize.” Starting late next month, anyone with an iPhone 6 or later can get a battery replacement for $29, which is a discount of $50. Also, this flies in the face of what Apple said nearly ten years ago, that iPhone users would never have to replace a battery.
Android users never really dealt with this issue, as they had the ability to change out the batteries. A Samsung employee once told me that batteries are designed to last eighteen months. I used to purchase extra batteries, so I would never have to search for those outlets like iPhone users did. Unfortunately, within the last few years, many (if not all) manufactures stopped using interchangeable batteries, especially after serious damage could occur using third-party batteries.
Apple will not lose any users, but their confidence will be shaken. Primarily for people that use iPhones until they cease to work. For those that constantly upgrade their devices with each new iPhone, it won’t shake that core group. An issue like this will impact them like the Note 7 impacted Samsung: Hardly at all. The issue that I have is when Apple tried to label it as a feature rather than what it is: a flaw.