“Apple has confirmed that processors used in the iPhone 6, 7, and SE are intentionally slowed down by newer iOS updates to address aging lithium-ion batteries. The change is meant to reduce random shutdowns by throttling the phone’s CPU, but that also leads to slower performance,” Shannon Liao reports for The Verge. “While the slower performance might persuade some Apple users to switch over the latest iPhone, there’s a more affordable fix — simply switch out the battery.”

“To first identify whether your battery is ready for a change, you can check under the Battery settings. A small notice at the very top will appear if your iPhone’s battery is ready for a swap,” Liao reports. “Once you’re ready to replace the battery, you have two choices: doing it yourself and hiring someone else to do it.”

“For those who would rather get someone else to replace the battery and not risk tampering with metal plates and glue, Apple offers replacements under several conditions, according to its website,” Liao reports. “If your iPhone is under warranty or you have AppleCare+ and Apple deems the battery defective, repairs are free. But random shutdowns don’t always count as defective — Apple only considers it if your phone isn’t holding enough charge. If it doesn’t qualify, you’ll have to pay a service fee of $79.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Make sure you back up your iPhone before you attempt, or hand it over to someone, to change your battery.

Should Apple replace aging iPhone batteries for free instead of throttling processor speed? – December 21, 2017
Apple confirms iPhones with older batteries will take hits in performance – December 20, 201
iPhone performance and battery age – December 18, 2017
Apple met with Chinese regulators to discuss iPhone 6s unexpected shutdowns – February 10, 2017
Rumor: Apple may extend iPhone 6s battery replacement program to iPhone 6 – January 17, 2017
A message from Apple about 
iPhone and unexpected shutdowns – December 2, 2016
Apple offers free battery replacement for ‘very small number’ of iPhone 6s units with unexpected shutdown issue – November 21, 2016