So there's good news and bad news for owners of old iPhones. The bad news is that Apple has admitted that it intentionally slows down older models of the iPhone. But the good news is that it's not for the reason you might think.
After analyzing the performance of his iPhone 7 and 6S, Geekbench’s John Poole discovered that the CPU speeds of those phones do actually decrease over time. But despite everyone being convinced that Apple does this as a way of getting you to buy a more up-to-date model, it's actually to ensure that your older model works better.
The Verge received this statement from Apple:
"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices. Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components. Last year we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions. We've now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future."
So there you have it.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com/uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.