Earlier this month, Apple confirmed what many had long accused it of: the company is intentionally slowing down older iPhones due to the performance of their battery degrading. Since then, users have been wondering if other OEMs are also doing something similar with their phones. Ending the anxiety of their customers, Motorola and HTC have confirmed in a statement that they do not slow down their older phones like Apple.
Spokespersons from both companies confirmed in a statement to The Verge that they do not throttle the CPU performance of their devices as their batteries degrade. Other major OEMs like Google, Samsung and Sony are yet to get back to the publication with their statement about this. Once they do though, it would be clear if Apple is the only OEM which intentionally slows down older iPhones.
An HTC spokesperson said that designing phones to slow down their processor as their battery ages “is not something we do.” A Motorola spokesperson said, “We do not throttle CPU performance based on older batteries.”
Apple’s explanation behind its unethical behavior is that as batteries age, they are not able to provide the peak voltage required when a processor hits its peak speed. This can lead to the smartphone shutting down abruptly thereby leading to a sub-par experience. Thus, to avoid such issues, the company starts throttling older iPhones with software updates after they have been on the market for a certain period of time. While Apple’s reasoning might just be right here, the company should have been upfront about this with its users. Instead, it was only when Geekbench, a popular benchmarking suite, revealed the truth that the company issued a statement on the matter. With this knowledge, many consumers can actually think of replacing the battery of their old iPhone instead of buying a new phone. This move would end up saving them hundreds of dollars and not force them to buy a new phone.
[Via The Verge]