Many factors came to be known as to why iPhone starts to slow down. Some say it’s because of faulty batteries or not enough memory space. While some believe that it is the phone’s operating system that is not updated which causes the trouble.
It was in 2017 when Apple admitted to the public that older iPhone models are really meant to slow down. Many loyal iPhone users raised their eyebrows about that statement. And rumors started to spread out that this is the company’s propaganda to force users to upgrade their phones whenever a new model is out.
However, Apple also explained further that it was actually for a good cause. The slowing down scenario basically serves as a warning to the user, and to avoid the phone to shut down involuntarily. The battery life is being preserved as much as possible. Thus, the slowing down situation. So forget about the rumor that it was deliberately done by the company to force users to upgrade to newer models. And to be fair, Apple even offered a big discount to its customers who wanted to just change their batteries instead of buying a new phone.
Up to this day, there is no definitive answer yet as to which specific models were affected by this issue. So here’s how to help you check it out.
How You Can Check
With iOS 11.3 in Settings > General > Software Update on your iPhone
When Apple released iOS 11.3, it was known to have a new beta feature that allows users to check how well their battery is performing. And at the same time, give users the control if they wish to sacrifice their battery life for power or not.
- Go to Settings
- Then Battery
- Click on Battery Health (beta)
As you click on the battery health (beta) option, you’ll see how well your battery’s health is, literally.
The higher the value you see on the Maximum Capacity bar the “healthier” your iPhone battery is. Older phone models, on the other hand, will have a lower value. If the number is below 80% you’ll see a note below stating that the phone’s performance is limited, again to avoid involuntarily shut down.
At the same time, the new iOS update will give the user the control as well whether to disable the peak performance capability of the phone or leave it enabled.
Important Things Why You Should Install iOS 11.3.1
Updating to iOS 11.3 was supposed to be the best thing until iOS 11.3.1 came.
Battery Health Checker
Performance management is made available when you update to iOS 11.3.1. And at the same time, Battery Health is accessible anytime, you want to know about it. The phone’s battery life is said to deteriorate when the phone’s being used. In short, most of the time. Hence to be able to check its potential from time to time could really come handy.
Option to Turn On/Off Throttling
The phones slowing down or shutting off involuntarily were the main complaints iPhone users had before. It was even confirmed by Apple themselves that it’s being done deliberately to maximize the phone’s potential. Now with iOS 11.3.1, the control is being given completely to the user. If the iPhone’s performance is throttled, the phone automatically shuts down to sustain maximum performance.
Otherwise, throttling can be disabled which is the new feature of iOS 11.3.1. However, keep in mind that once this feature is disabled it cannot be re-enabled. The device will remain unthrottled until the next time the device shuts down.
This new iOS update is adding a new privacy icon. And it is actually said to be the next best thing. The privacy icon specifically prevents iCloud password phishing. In all fairness, Apple had already provided loads of safety measure to safeguard its clients’ information. And it is good to know they keep on doing the same thing they’re known about.
The new privacy icon is said to pop-up whenever a personal information is being asked of you. This would let you know that it is indeed Apple who is asking you the information and not just a phishing pop-up.
Check Your Nearest Repair Store
You always have an option to go to the nearest Apple store or you can also search online for companies who offer iPhone repair. Before doing so though, make sure to inquire first whether they are Apple certified technician and has a guaranteed insurance if something happens during the repair process or if they can’t repair with the estimated time they promised.