Ever wondered about the slow down in the performance of your aging iPhone? Well, that’s because it’s a planned move. But not for the reason you’d expect it to be.
The most popular theory here is that Apple does so on purpose to increase sales with frustrated users upgrading to newer iPhones. However, that’s not the case. Not yet! Apple has reasonable arguments in defense of the practice — and you wouldn’t be disappointed to know.
A bit of background on this…
Appeared on Reddit over a week ago, an iPhone 6s user found that replacing the battery sped up his device significantly. The claim was later confirmed by Geekbench as well. The subject in question now is the battery. Is Apple really throttling iPhones with older batteries?
Apple released a statement to TechCrunch today, confirming that the performance variation on some iPhones is to prolong the life of the device, not to weaken it. Here’s what Apple has to say…
“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.
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.”
Apple’s statement isn’t surprising, given the fact that batteries weaken as they age. So, basically the company is not trying to make you buy a new iPhone, rather it wants the performance to be optimal without any disturbance in the phone’s battery life.
(Nevertheless replacing your old iPhone’s battery could help you boost your iPhone’s performance to some extent, depending on the wear and tear of the battery.)
iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max to launch in more countries and territories starting October 26
Apple has announced that the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max will be available in more than 30 countries and territories in the coming weeks. That goes alongside the iPhone XR launch next week.
The iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max will be available to pre-order on Friday, October 19 at 12:01am Pacific Time to customers in additional countries. The availability sparks beginning Friday, October 26 at 8am local time in countries including Chile, Columbia, Malaysia, and Thailand. The same event will occur in South Korea and more than 10 additional countries and territories beginning Friday, November 2.
The new iPhones can be ordered through Apple.com or the Apple Store app, or purchased at an Apple Store or authorized resellers on the launch day depending on your region.
iPhone XR pre-orders begin Friday, October 19
Black, White, Blue, Coral, Yellow and PRODUCT (RED). Starting at $749.
Apple launched the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max worldwide last month. The company also introduced the cheapest 2018 iPhone — the iPhone XR — at its Special Event, which is almost ready to hit the market next week.
The iPhone XR will be available to pre-order beginning Friday, October 19, with sales commencing a week later. Customers will be able to purchase the iPhone XR beginning October 26 at 8am local time in more than 50 countries and territories around the world — that includes the following names.
Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Herzegovina, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the UAE, UK, US and US Virgin Islands.
Meanwhile in Armenia, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Macau, Maldives, Myanmar, Ukraine and Vietnam, the iPhone XR will launch on Friday, November 2, and a day earlier on November 1 it arrives in Israel.
The iPhone XR comes in a wide range of finishes, including Black, White, Blue, Coral, Yellow and PRODUCT (RED). It will be offered in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB storage variants, starting at $749. Pre-orders begin on Friday, October 19 at 12:01am Pacific Time on Apple’s official website and the Apple Store app.
Xiaomi teases Mi Mix 3 with 10GB RAM and 5G support
No notch, no chin. Full display here!
Xiaomi will be unveiling the Mi Mix 3 on October 25 next week, and the teasers have started rolling in.
The Mix series from Xiaomi is known for its gorgeous display since the original Mix, and the company hasn’t bothered to adopt the infamous notch — not on the Mix series at least. That’s one cool thing Xiaomi is keeping up with lately amongst other manufacturers. The Mi Mix 3 is no different. With no notch and a full edge-to-edge display this time, the Mi Mix 3 will ship without a chin, too. The move axes the front-facing camera from the bottom to a more convenient but mechanical module — yes, the Mix series is transitioning to a sliding module for front camera sensor on the Mix 3.
The sliding part may be annoying for some (who don’t like to slide up every time to unlock the phone, just like me!), but we cannot deny the fact that how gorgeous the phone looks without any notch or chin.
If the sliding module for front sensors isn’t enough, the Mix 3 will pack 10GB of RAM (yes, ten gigabytes) and will be the first commercially available 5G phone in the market. That said, one should not forget that Xiaomi’s product specifications vary according to the market.
— Donovan Sung (@donovansung) September 3, 2018
Xiaomi has started teasing the Mix 3 across the social media now, while the company’s Global Spokesperson Donovan Sung has been tweeting the images and specs of the device implicitly since last month. If we’re to follow what Xiaomi does prior to product launch, we’ll be seeing a plethora of teasers until the official launch next month in China. Stay tuned for more on Mi Mix 3!
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