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HTC and Motorola: "We Don't Practice Slowing Older Phones"

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Apple has been dealing with negative press over the past few weeks. Ever since it's been revealed that they're slowing down older iPhones, the company has continued to face disgruntled users. Especially since this initially started out as a conspiracy theory, which later turned out to be true. 

For its part, Apple has since denied that their reason behind slowing down older iPhone models was a scheme to force users to upgrade their device. Instead, the company admitted that the throttling was  due to a feature launched in 2016 that aimed to stop older iPhone models from unexpectedly shutting down or causing serious problems. 

According to Apple, the main reason why they created this feature was to stop older iPhone models (particularly the iPhone 6, 6S, and SE) from encountering random shutdowns brought about by the natural degradation of their built-in batteries. Without the new feature, users of older iPhone models would experience unexpected shut offs when a high and demanding speed is needed by their device. Because of this, Apple put a limit on processor speed and caused the device user to suffer from a slow phone. Unfortunately, they did not make this behavior known to older iPhone device users. 

And while there may seem to be an option to replace the iPhone battery in the hopes of improving performance, Apple has not made it clear that this would be a viable alternative. For one thing, replacing batteries on an older iPhone is not so easy.

For years, conspiracy theorists have speculated that Apple intentionally slows down their older iPhone devices around the time a new one is about to released. The speculation shows that this is Apple's strategy to encourage existing customers to upgrade to the newer device. And considering this conspiracy has once again emerged just a few months after the iPhone X was released, it gained so much attention for it right now. 

But Apple stands firm to say that this isn't the case. They are actually slowing down these older devices to extend the usability and overall performance. 

With the looming threat of facing multiple lawsuits that could potentially land Apple executives in jail, it looks like this could be something serious for smartphone manufacturers. And while many would say that throttling older phones is a common practice, it does not seem to be the case for all. 

To add insult to the injury, both HTC and Motorola have taken this as an opportunity to boost their own products. On two separate instances, a spokesperson for each company have sent in an email to 
The Verge discussing how this practice was not "something they do." Motorola even mentioned that they do not throttle the performance of the processor based on older batteries included in past models. 

Representatives from Google, LG, and Sony have yet to give their response on the subject of aging batteries. But Samsung has confirmed they are looking into it. 


Source: The Verge, BGR

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  1. They just don't update the OS

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    1. vagueness... whuch iOS update which Apple device

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  2. Ha! Does anyone keep HTC or Motorola phones long enough to experience slowing?

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  3. To be fair, all those companies still make phones with fixed degradeable batteries which are, by their very nature, planned obsolescence.

    They should all be facing lawsuits. Each and every one of them, no exceptions.

    Evrn LG, which jumped on the bandwagon with their new V30.

    It's time to bust out Le Guillotine, set up the basket, and line their swiss bank accounts up for a good ol' fashioned public execution of their financial solvency.

    The age of planned obsolescence needs to end, and it should even include laptop makers as well.

    Anyone who contributes to epic levels of electronic waste by preventing the consumer from swapping out the battery SHOULD be tried for crimes against the earth itself, especially when it's for the sake of pure short-term profiteering.

    Hopefully Apple will be martyred as a warning to any manufacturers who think every phone should have "battery degradation" and "limited lifespan" as features.

    After all, while iPhone batteries can still be replaced at an Apple Store (for a mandatory anf unavoidable service charge, of course), fixed Android batteries are basically a game of rusky roulette.

    Get a bad battery? WHOOPS, LOOKS LIKE YOUR PHONE DIED AND YOUR DATA'S GONE! TIME TO BUY ANOTHER ONE, SUCKER!

    So long as that's allowed, the environment and (more importantly) my wallet will continue to suffer.

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    1. I don't like non-removable batteries either. However I've seen no evidence that replacing Android sealed batteries is riskier than replacing Apple batteries. I believe that all the major Android phone manufacturers will replace sealed batteries on their phones for a substantial fee. I know Samsung will. 3rd party phone repair shops also replace Android batteries. It's really no different than the situation with Android batteries.

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    2. "After all, while iPhone batteries can still be replaced at an Apple Store (for a mandatory anf unavoidable service charge, of course), fixed Android batteries are basically a game of rusky roulette."

      How can you say that makes it easy at all with Apple? There is an extremely small number of Apple stores in the United States.

      "...SHOULD be tried for crimes against the earth itself..."

      In other words, purely imaginary crimes. What you are talking about is like crimes against religion. Based on faith and not science. You sound like you would favor a sort of French Revolution Reign of Terror except with Al Gore instead of Robespierre.

      You're probably one of those who favors imprisoning those who refer to the actual science concerning the problems with the "global warming" theories.

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    3. "They should all be facing lawsuits. Each and every one of them, no exceptions."

      And with people getting rich filing frivolous lawsuits when they spill coffee in their own lap, the companies might lose the frivolous suits you demand.

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    4. All batteries ARE Abused by tbe User... by NOT Discharging the Battery BEFORE Starting ANY ReCharge...

      OS of ANY Phone CAN POST to the Staus Line the estimated Operational RUN charge TIME...

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    5. Apple's solution is GREAT. They have increased the RESALE VALUE of every iPhone eligible for a $29 battery replacement, whether the battery is replaced OR NOT. This is BRILLIANT.
      The GREEDY people want to GET RICH TWICE!
      The judge should give them a BIG LECTURE and make them pay ALL COURT COSTS plus APPLE'S LEGAL FEES plus 10% for Apple's HASSLE.

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    6. Anonymous 2:50 PM: Deep discharges kill batteries. See Debunking Battery Life Myths for Mobile Phones, Tablets, and Laptops for a good guide to maxi,izing battery life

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    7. A newer article linked at bottom of that post re iPhone battery life says do a deep discharge every month to calibrate the battery. I’ve read that before from Apple. So the site’s experts don’t agree on that. I’ve also read that the last 20% charge is hard in the battery - Apple reduces the charge rate to protect battery life. So some people only charge between 20-80%. Lots of expert opinions out there.

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    8. Gizmodo advice
      So if you're really particular about optimizing your battery's life, you should try to go from around 40 percent to around 80 percent in one go, and then back down whenever possible. A bunch of tiny charges throughout the day is your second best bet, and going from zero to 100 and then 100 to zero on a regular basis will put the most strain on your lithium-ion battery.

      And when lithium-ion batteries get too low—like, literally zero percent—they get seriously unstable, and dangerous to charge. To prevent explosion-type disasters when you go to charge one that's been sitting around for a month or two, lithium-ion batteries have built-in self-destruct circuits that will disable (read: destroy) the battery for good, if it reaches rock bottom.

      Only charge fast when you need to. Lithium-ion batteries live their longest lives when charged and discharged at low, consistent speeds. Fast charging is not that. … if you're not in a hurry, it's probably better for your battery to apply a slow and steady charge through a low-voltage charger.

      https://gizmodo.com/how-to-take-care-of-your-smartphone-battery-the-right-w-513217256

      Battery U has much more detailed information:

      http://batteryuniversity.com/index.php/learn/article/how_to_prolong_lithium_based_batteries

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    9. "A newer article linked at bottom of that post re iPhone battery life says do a deep discharge every month to calibrate the battery."

      I do a deep discharge every night between 9 and 10 p.m. And then I remove the battery and store it
      in the freezer overnight.

      At about 7 a.m., I put the battery in a special external slow trickle charger. And by about 11 a.m. it is ready to be installed back in the iPhone. And then I can use it all day. This helps keep the battery in my iPhone Hale and Hearty.

      The clock times of this procedure need to be reversed at the spring and summer solstices, due to variations in the Earth's magnetic field which can negatively impact the battery during the time it is removed from the iPhone and sitting in the external trickle charger.

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    10. "I do a deep discharge every night between 9 and 10 p.m. And then I remove the battery and store it
      in the freezer overnight."

      Dude, you might want to do a Kirlian aura test on your battery. If the theta spikes are small enough,then you can get by reconditioning your battery by brushing it with a wire cats-whisker (like from an old Heathkit crystal radio), but only in one direction (toward the terminals) every couple of weeks. '

      If a Kirlian aura test shows more theta spikes than usual, immersing it in a copper solution that has two magnesium rods in it overnight will get things back to normal.

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    11. You don't need to pet your battery or put it in a chemical bath or even take it out of the iPhone. You just need to store it in one of these copper pyramids when you aren't using it. I've been doing that for years, and I have less problem with my iPhone than my friends do.

      https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/237502548/copper-pyramid-9-meditation-pyramid-emf?ref=pla_similar_listing_top-1

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  4. Christine, your journalism skills keep on improving.
    Keep up the indepth review of this field.

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  5. Agree that user replaceable batteries should be the standard. Same for laptop PCs.

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