The cost of replacing your battery has now come down from Rs 6,500 to Rs 2,000. Here’s why.

Apple for long has been accused of planned obsolescence. But so far, the discussions were limited to Reddit forums and people who didn’t like the way Apple operates. However, recently Apple was forced to concede that they were deliberately slowing down older iPhones to protect their older batteries.

 

In a carefully worded letter to their customers they explained that “all rechargeable batteries are consumable components that become less effective as they chemically age and their ability to hold a charge diminishes” and that the slowing down of previous devices is due to “the continued chemical aging of the batteries in older iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s devices, many of which are still running on their original batteries.”

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The anomaly came to light when Geekbench developer John Poole found out that Apple was pushing out updates to iOS on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 which would throttle clock speeds. By mapping out the Geekbench scores of these devices over time he found that older device slowed down even though the environment was the same, except for the iOS version. As a phone gets older, it’s battery might age but as long as there is no damage to the rest of the components the CPU speed should (and it more or less does) remain the same.

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In these plots of Kernal density vs Geekbench 4 scores posted by the developer, one can clearly see users getting lesser than usual Geekbench scores of 1000 to 2500 on iOS 10.2.1 and iOS 11.2.0. According to the developer, while battery performance might degrade overtime, the clock speed of the processors should remain the same, which was not the case. Apple explained in their article that they wanted to reduce the occurrence of unexpected shutdowns.

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What is interesting is that many users reported their processors returning to normalcy when they swapped out their batteries for new ones. So, Apple’s claims were proven correct.

However, what has disappointed users and media outlets alike has been the secrecy with which Apple has been performing these operations. Apple has since apologised for letting users down. On their website they said that they “have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product”.

As a company they failed to give the user the choice of whether they wanted faster phones or longer lasting phones. They also failed to intimate the consumer about this very major change that they were making. To compensate for their blunder they have dropped the price battery replacements.