Experts back Apple's move to prolong battery life of older iPhones

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The operating system slows down your device to prevent it from shutting down, Apple says, but only in cases of cold temperature, a low battery charge or very old batteries.

They filed the lawsuit a day after Apple acknowledged for the first time that it installed a feature previous year for iPhone 6, 6S and SE models that have a degraded and aged battery to prevent unexpected shutdowns. This year's iOS 11.2 extended the feature to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

Last year, Apple introduced a feature to "smooth out" spikes in demand for power to prevent iPhone 6 models from shutting down due to the cold or weak batteries, according to the California-based company.

"Apple's decision to not inform consumers that they could improve the performance speed of their devices by replacing their device's batteries reduced the effectiveness and usefulness of the subject telephones", the lawsuit said.

"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices", Apple said in a statement to multiple media outlets.

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But the use of a relatively new phone model from a prominent supplier like Apple provides additional evidence of heightened competition among the wireless carriers, which have been frequently updating their offers in recent weeks.

Bogdanovich and Speas alleged Apple breached implied contracts with them and other iPhone owners by "purposefully slowing down older iPhone models when new models come out and by failing to properly disclose that" when they bought their iPhones. John Poole, founder of the organization, said in a blog post that processors in iPhones slow down and decrease in performance as batteries age and lose capacity.

iPhone users can purchase a new battery for their older model if they don't want to fork over hundreds of dollars for an entirely new phone. Some have said they believe it to be effort by Apple (and other tech companies) to purposely hamper the performance in order to get users to buy new models.

If you find your iPhone shutting down with a 30-40 percent charge or otherwise performing erratically, you might consider swapping out the battery.

It had always been rumored that Apple purposefully caused its phones to slow down over time.

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