It’s Not Just You: Your iPhone Is Getting Slower!

It’s Not Just You: Your iPhone Is Getting Slower!

Nope. It’s not just you. It’s not just a figment of your imagination. Your iPhone is not as fast as that first glorious day you bought it. It’s getting slower and slower, but not for the reasons you may think. Apple is doing this purposely to help protect an aging battery.

The Accusation

This is something that has been long-argued. iPhones just seem to get slower and slower and will completely shut down at certain points just to make the situation even more annoying.

Some have blamed Apple for doing this intentionally, believing that this was all a marketing ploy and that they were making their phones less productive purposefully to try to force them into upgrading sooner.

But that is simply not the case. While Apple has been blamed for many things in the past, this one just doesn’t even seem plausible. They would be sacrificing their customer base, and that base has always been loyal to them.

The Reality


While it’s true that iPhones do slow down as they age, it’s not by some nefarious attempt of Apple’s. The reason is more easily imaginable. It’s actually an attempt by Apple to save the battery in the device.

As they told TechCrunch, “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.”

So batteries in iPhones just aren’t able to keep up when they get cold, have low battery, or get older. And Apple shuts the phones down to try and protect them and slows them down to help them perform better at peak times.

Working on a Solution


Not only is this purposeful on Apple’s part, they’re doing what they can to reverse the problem.

They explained that “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.”

They’re working on smoothing out that process with the batteries so that they will no longer shut down, and it seems to be a work in progress.

To back that up, users who have replaced their older batteries have reported that they have better productivity in their iPhones. But you’ll notice the changes in performance of your phone far ahead of the notification it will send telling you that your battery is going bad.

By the way, batteries get older and less useful not just with simple age but also by being exposed to heat. So you can keep your battery newer by avoiding leaving it out in the sun.

Still a Fan?

What do you think of Apple’s reasons for slowing their phones down? Do you agree with them? Or do you think this is all just a load of bull? Let us know by chiming in below in the comments section.

Laura Tucker Laura Tucker

Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.


    1. Personally, I’d rather have it shut down so I can restart it than get the spinning wheel of death. Maybe it’s a personal preference.

  1. “to help protect an again battery.”
    Don’t you mean AGING battery?

    So what Apple and you would have us believe is that instead of installing a better battery and fixing the problem once and for all, Apple is expending programming resources to cure the symptom rather than the problem. HMMMM.

    Would you be so sanguine and understanding if your car were to be automatically slowed down every time the gas tank got down to below a quarter full? Why do you accept lame excuses from Apple that you would not accept from any other manufacturer?!

    1. Thanks for pointing out the typo. It is fixed.

      I’m just reporting the news. Whether or not you choose to believe it is up to you.

  2. What a load of crap, ok so apple wants everyone to believe that, while it’s been going on for years and they only just admitted to it, seems to me you would want this feature in the settings where you can find it with an on/off toggle. It would be a major selling feature to extend the phones life after the first year, but this is not Apple’s sales model, they want everyone to buy the latest model, by being deceptive and hiding the slowdown, they tricked people into thinking their old Apple device is still the same speed while newer devices appear faster. Good job CrApple, you don’t become the richest tech company in world off one crappy product line by being fair, honest or having any form of ethics.

  3. Or,of course, they could have made it possible to change the battery, like I can on my $100 Android phone.

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