Apple's admission to slowing down older iPhones isn't sitting well with one California man.so he's going after the tech giant on behalf of all his fellow outdated iPhone users.
But some owners prefer faster performance.
According to the spokesperson, the company released a feature a year ago for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE that is created to "smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down".
Apple said it released software a year ago that makes those models operate more slowly to countervail problems with their aging lithium ion batteries, which can sometimes cause operational problems or cause phones to unexpectedly shut down.
The company says it has extended the feature to the iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2 and plans to "add support" for other products in the future. The operating system slows down your device to prevent it from shutting down, Apple says, but only in cases of cold temperature, a low battery charge or very old batteries.
"(But) it is a trade-off.
Some outraged consumers see this as a plot by Apple to force people to upgrade their iPhones more often ― and it could certainly have that effect ― but there is a cheaper fix: replacing your battery.
You can buy a new iPhone 6 battery for as little as $US20, if you're willing to do surgery on your phone. An intentional slowdown would function as a safeguard against the "sudden shutdowns" - an issue Apple acknowledged earlier this year - that plague older devices.
However, Apple says it is done exclusively because of the old batteries. Bogdanovich has gone on record in the paperwork as saying that the company's method of slowing performance in older phone models in order to converse battery life was never something that users ever had a say in or agreed upon in any way.
Twitter users were predictably disgruntled about the news, but Tom Warren and Nick Statt of The Verge took a decidedly more measured approach. "Your own battery's lifespan will vary depending on how you use your device as well as the settings you choose for it".
Where Apple has really gone wrong, many are now arguing, is its lack of transparency.
The practice was confirmed after a customer shared performance tests on Reddit, suggesting their iPhone 6S had slowed down considerably as it had aged but had suddenly sped up again after the battery had been replaced.
Apple said it wanted to "prolong the life" of customers' devices.