7 Signs Apple May be Slowing Your Old iPhone
When should you seek out Apple's new $29 battery replacement? Here are some pretty good indicators.
On Thursday, Apple apologized for failing to tell us the truth right away: The company had been secretly throttling the speed of older iPhones to keep them from unexpectedly shutting down. The fix? A newly inexpensive battery replacement -- just $29 for any iPhone 6 or later, starting in January 2018. (It normally cost $79, but Apple's making it cheaper as part of its apology.)
But how do you know when your iPhone's being throttled? When is it truly worth taking a trip to your local Apple Store and handing over your precious device?
According to Apple, there are seven signs that a worn battery may be causing Apple's software to slow down your device.
Longer app launch times
-- Force-close your apps. Do they take longer than normal to launch from scratch?
Lower frame rates while scrolling
-- Does your screen seem to stutter when you're scrolling down webpages and through homescreens?
-- Does your phone's screen no longer get as bright, even when you set it that way?
Lower speaker volume by up to -3dB
-- Do your speakers no longer get as loud?
Gradual frame rate reductions in some apps
-- Try this with intensive games, in particular.
During the most extreme cases, the camera flash will be disabled as visible in the camera UI
-- Can you not even use your phone's camera flash anymore?
Apps refreshing in background may require reloading upon launch -- Apps that normally pull in new data, even when you're not using them...did they stop doing that all of a sudden?
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