Apple might be slowing down old iPhones

The updates had been meant to prevent random shutdowns of the iPhone 6S, and 7 but they might be doing so by throttling the phones' CPUs. Photograph:( Reuters )

New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 20, 2017, 04.33 PM (IST)

Apple might be slowing down old iPhones with low-capacity batteries, media reports said Wednesday. 

The cause might be Apple's iOS 10.2.1 and 11.2.0 updates. 

The updates had been meant to prevent random shutdowns of the iPhone 6S, and 7. 

But the reports quoted Geekbench -- a processor benchmark -- as saying the updates were preventing the shutdowns by throttling the phones' CPUs. 

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Some people report though that replacing the battery returns phone performance and CPU speed back to normal. 

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Apple has not commented so far.