Last week, Apple was in the headlines for all of the wrong reasons as the company confirmed suspicions that it slowed down older phones. This was introduced last year on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, and iPhone SE as an effort to “smooth out the instantaneous peaks” and take some pressure off of the aging batteries.
This was discovered after benchmark tests were performed showing that Apple does in fact throttle certain devices, but a few Android OEM’s are now responding. Speaking to The Verge, HTC and Motorola both stated that they do not throttle CPU performance just because a device’s battery has aged from usage over the last few years.
“We do not throttle CPU performance based on older batteries.”
The fun in this matter may just be getting started as The Verge has also reached out to the likes of Google, Samsung, LG, and Sony, but responses were not made available yet. Instead, Samsung claimed that “the company was looking into it”, while Sony stated, “a response would be delayed by the holidays”. Maybe, just maybe, we’ll be seeing more OEM’s taking shots at Apple in the future when the companies hold events to unveil new devices.
Another funny part in all of this is that Chris, Joe, and myself published a PhanCast where we discussed our feelings on the matter, and a lot of comments suggested that Samsung definitely slowed down devices. This is something that I have experienced in my time with Samsung smartphones, but until Samsung releases an official statement, we’ll have to keep guessing and being annoyed when our phones slow down after just a year.
Let us know what you think about this entire situation and if you have experienced a substantial slow down on your various devices after owning them for a long period of time.