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Apple's iPhone X gets speed throttling

Apple iPhone X gets CPU throttling (Source: Apple)
Apple iPhone X (Source: Apple)
Although Apple has previously said that this controversial feature would not be pushed to its post-iPhone 7 handsets, it seems that the Cupertino-based giant has decided to add speed throttling for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X in the iOS 12.1 update after all.

When Apple released iOS 11.3, it also throttled the performance of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus handsets. Thankfully, those who wanted to still have the full performance of their handsets "as new" but at the cost of possible stability problems can disable it. However, although the more recent iPhones were not supposed to get this "feature," Apple has just unleashed it upon the iPhone X and the 8 series.

Back in February, Apple told US senators that "iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X models include hardware updates that allow a more advanced performance-management system that more precisely allows iOS to anticipate and avoid an unexpected shutdown" so throttling would not be necessary.

What happened with the release of iOS 12.1? Apple has added the following section to its support page about battery health/preventing unexpected shutdowns: "Starting with iOS 12.1, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X include this feature, but performance management may be less noticeable due to their more advanced hardware and software design."

Apple previously revealed that a normal iPhone battery should deliver up to 80 percent of its original capacity after 500 complete charge cycles. This would definitely not call for CPU throttling measures, but it just happened. Remains to see how will the public receive this decision and Apple's reaction to the possible outcry. We will keep an eye on this story, so stay tuned.


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Codrut Nistor, 2018-11- 1 (Update: 2018-11- 1)