iOS 12.1 update slows down iPhone 8, 8 Plus, & iPhone X, can be disabled


Those who have bought last year’s iPhones, namely the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, may be surprised to find out that Apple has included those devices with the controversial feature that throttles performance.

The iOS 12.1 update comes with the controversial “power management feature” a feature which can dynamically slow down your phone over time to, what Apple claims, prevent unexpected shutdowns. These shutdowns primarily stem from the degradation of the lithium-ion battery performance over time.

The good news is that it can be turned off via the Battery sub-menu in the settings. Furthermore, depending on your iPhone’s current battery health, the power management feature might not kick in at all.

What’s surprising is that Apple, on their support page, has previously stated that:

iPhone 8 and later use a more advanced hardware and software design that provides a more accurate estimation of both power needs and the battery’s power capability to maximize overall system performance. This allows a different performance management system that more precisely allows iOS to anticipate and avoid an unexpected shutdown. As a result, the impacts of performance management may be less noticeable on iPhone 8 and later. Over time, the rechargeable batteries in all iPhone models will diminish in their capacity and peak performance and will eventually need to be replaced.

Apple support page

With iOS 12.1’s release recently, however, the page has been quietly updated to say:

Additionally, users can see if the performance management feature that dynamically manages maximum performance to prevent unexpected shutdowns is on and can choose to turn it off… This feature applies to iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus. 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 support page

On one hand, this is a proactive measure to ensure smoother, and crash-less operation for the vast majority of iPhone users. But on the other hand, it’s disappointing to see that Apple’s previous claims of “more advanced hardware and software design” on last year’s iPhone models have substantiated to basically nothing, and how quickly they’ve backtracked on those statements by already including this feature to year-old devices.

Source The Verge

Jude De Leon
Ever since he's built his dream rig during his early high school years, Migs has always been a keen PC enthusiast. He's been the go-to guy for computer advice for his friends and family ever since.

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