Last Year’s iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus & iPhone X Will Get CPU Throttling Feature, According to Apple’s Support Page
Apple had earlier admitted to throttling the performance of its iPhone lineup, and provide an affordable battery replacement for customers to ramp up that performance. The latest iOS 12.1 software update from Apple introduces a new change. Previously, the support page that explains the performance management feature said that iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X have an advanced hardware and software design which aims to provide an accurate estimation of power needs and battery’s power capability to optimize system performance. However, the page has now been updated after the release of iOS 12.1.
Battery Degradation on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X Expected to Be Less Apparent Due to Advanced Hardware
The page also says that the impact of the performance management feature might be less apparent on iPhone 8 and later devices. Stating the obvious, it also says that the rechargeable batteries in all iPhone models will eventually need to be replaced. The feature, which throttles the smartphone’s processor to stop the phone from abruptly shutting down as the battery degrades over time, is not there on the newest iPhone since their advance hardware update has rendered it useless.
It is the edit to the support page that came after iOS 12.1 that confirm that the last year’s phones have received the controversial throttling features. However, users have an option to turn it off. Apple recently had to pay a fine of $5.7 million after the Italian competition and market authority, the Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (AGCM), found it guilty of throttling older devices. Apple was accused of slowing down older phones without notifying customers and without giving them a chance to downgrade to a previous version of the software.
“Starting with iOS 12.1, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X include this feature, but performance management may be less noticeable due to their more advanced hardware and software design.”
Since the last year’s models are barely a year old, it remains to be seen what impact battery degradation would have on them. In the light of recent events, it is unsurprising that Apple addressed the issue through its website. It is also important to change the way you charge your iPhones. Under no circumstances, should you allow your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus or the iPhone X to have their batteries completely charged to 0 percent.
At the most, you should allow your devices to run down to 20 percent of battery life, then plug them in once more. To prolong the lifespan of your other devices, it is important that you make this a regular habit. Premium smartphones like these do not come with user-replaceable batteries and it isn’t exactly a walk in the part to swap the cells out yourself.