A new Reddit post that gained traction this weekend is claiming that Apple is intentionally slowing down older iPhones in the iPhone 6/6s range with batteries that need to be replaced.
The original Reddit poster, TeckFire, said he saw significant speed improvements and improved benchmark scores in his iPhone 6s after taking in the iPhone for a battery replacement:
Wear level was somewhere around 20% on my old battery. I did a Geekbench score, and found I was getting 1466 Single and 2512 Multi. This did not change wether I had low power mode on or off. After changing my battery, I did another test to check if it was just a placebo. Nope. 2526 Single and 4456 Multi. From what I can tell, Apple slows down phones when their battery gets too low, so you can still have a full days charge. This also means your phone might be very slow for no discernible reason. Check your Geekbench scores and see what you get if your phone is still slow!
But currently, the information just seems to be anecdotal. While some users in the large thread said that replacing their battery did improve the overall speed of their iPhone, many others said a new battery made no difference. Others indicated that there has been no change in benchmarks or the speed of their iPhone.
Apple has yet to comment on the issue.
If your handset is out of warranty, you can have it replaced through Apple for a $79 charge. The battery is backed by a one-year warranty.
Many other third-party shops charge less.
I don’t exactly see some grand conspiracy from Apple in findings. While the original poster obviously saw some improvements, there could have been a number of different reasons. And many other posters saw no change after switching out their battery.
When batteries reach the end of their operational life, strange things can happen. And if you’re think your iPhone is slower than usual, switching out the battery isn’t a bad thing to try. What the worst that could happen?
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