The recent debacle with Apple slowing down older iPhones to extend battery life has other companies on alert too. Samsung and LG have both come forward to promise customers that they do not slow down their devices over time. The company noted the same in an email to PhoneArena. “Never have, never will! We care what our customers think,” said LG, while “We do not reduce CPU performance through software updates over the life cycles of the phone,” noted Samsung.
While this could be seen as companies taking precautions against similar controversies, it also tells you that slowing down processors on phones isn’t standard practice in the industry.
The two companies aren’t alone either. Yesterday, HTC and Motorola made a similar statement to The Verge as well. While this could be seen as companies taking precautions against similar controversies, it also tells you that slowing down processors on phones isn’t standard practice in the industry.
In fact, if you consider the fact that Apple uses the same batteries as anyone else, the practice could come off as slightly unbelievable, especially since Apple didn’t tell anyone about it until it was caught.
Slowing down in older iPhones has been a conspiracy theory of “planned obsolesce” for iPhones, amongst Apple users for years now. When Geekbench developer John Poole identified this practice recently, Apple confirmed that it is indeed true. However, the company said that this is done to extend battery lives, rather than making older phones obsolete.