Apple Device Owners, Are You Mad Yet?

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Everyone knows there is an “Apple tax” for buying their products. This is a not so clever name for the fact that Apple is one of the few companies to still offer free customer service – well, free as in you don’t pay as needed, you pay at the point of the initial purchase (regardless if you use that customer service or not). Anyhow, apparently to add to that situation, it is now publicly acknowledged that Apple has been slowing down older hardware, on purpose, allegedly to help their fans prolong the life of that hardware. Or possibly to force them to upgrade from that now “slow” device to something newer and “faster”. Take your pick as to the reason. They even admit, they will keep doing it going forward.

The point is, they do it on purpose.

“Apple on Wednesday said a software feature released last year makes your phone operate more slowly to offset problems with its aging lithium ion battery,” CNet.com reported. “As batteries get older, they don’t hold their charges as well as newer batteries, and can have worse problems when the charge is low or the temperature is cold.”

Then there is this:

“Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices. Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components,” Apple said in a statement.

And finally;

“Last year we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions. We’ve now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future.”

Quotes thanks to The Daily Wire website.

Basically, instead of recommending users of older Apple devices simply take their device to have the battery replaced with a newer one, Apple led owners on to think their device was simply out of date and needed updating. I guess that makes sense. Apple obviously makes more selling a whole new device than they do simply selling customers a battery and a replacement fee.

Apple planned this, remember that

Even before 2013 Apple was gluing in various components, this means Apple planned this action on purpose. By gluing components together inside their devices, repairs are almost impossible, and costly when they are. This forces the device owner to upgrade rather than repair an older device. Way to be customer, and economically, friendly, Apple.

 

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