Apple got into quite the conundrum over the past couple of weeks for slowing down older iPhones, and other phone makers have confirmed that they don’t have the same practice. So far, both HTC and Motorola said that they do not throttle older devices as their batteries age.
This confirmation comes from The Verge, who has reached out to both phone makers as well as other companies like Google, Samsung, and Sony. An HTC representative told The Verge that throttling performance “is not something we do,” and Motorola responded by saying “we do not throttle CPU performance based on older batteries.”
When Apple acknowledged that it throttles older iPhones’ performance to prevent random shutdowns as their batteries age, many started wondering if this was standard practice. Turns out, this isn’t the case – at least when it comes to HTC and Motorola smartphones.
According to Apple, it only started throttling older iPhones last year, starting with the iPhone 6, 6S, and SE. This was done as a preventive measure to avoid random shutdowns – older batteries may not be able to able to output enough power to sustain a processor’s peak clock speed, hence the throttling.
Nonetheless, if you own an iPhone 6 or later, you’re eligible for a discount to get the battery replaced. More information on Apple’s battery replacement offer can be found here.
(Source: The Verge)