Apple Claims Newer iPhones Won’t Be ‘As Affected’ By Performance Throttling

A customer tests the features of the newly launched iPhone X at VIVA telecommunication store in Manama Credit: REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed
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Apple’s battery and performance throttling woes might not be over, but it seems that they’ll be much less of a problem in the future.

The Cupertino tech giant has put together a new support document related to iPhone battery health and performance. And in it, Apple revealed a hidden perk of its newer handsets: they won’t be as affected by the power management throttling, thanks to newer technology embedded within them.

“iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X models use a more advanced hardware and software design that provides a more accurate estimation of both power needs and the battery’s power capability to maximize overall system performance,” Apple wrote in the document.

Put simply, Apple seems to have figured out how to deal with battery issues and performance throttling on its newer devices more efficiently. This technology allows for a “different performance management system” that’s more precise and allows iOS to predict and avoid random shutdowns.

“As a result, the impacts of performance management may be less noticeable on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X,” Apple concluded.

Of course, Apple cautioned that all rechargeable batteries eventually degrade in their capacity and peak performance. As a result, every iPhone battery will eventually need to be replaced.

But the benefits of Apple’s newer tech is pretty clear. iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X won’t be as significantly impacted by power management as older devices. And, presumably, that will apply to iPhones released in the future, too.

The Apple battery controversy began when the company admitted to throttling the performance of older iPhones as their batteries aged. While this was a measure implemented to prevent random shutdowns, the lack of transparency surrounding it sparked a sharp backlash and even several government investigations.

The company has taken steps to mitigate the controversy, including offering discounted battery replacements. Recently, Apple also introduced new features in iOS 11.3 that allow users to monitor battery health and even disable power management entirely, at the cost of a higher chance of random shutdowns.

Those battery-related features may prove to be critical for older iPhone owners. But, it seems, they could be less relevant to consumers with newer devices, since Apple may have fixed the issue on its end.


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