Do iPhones 8 and X have updated hardware that could allow to avoid random shutdowns? What does that even mean? Will Apple Apple keep on slowing down iPhones? And More on this letter…
As part of the Senate investigation into the #iPhoneSlow/BatteryGate scandal, Senator John Thune (R-SD) asked Apple if it intended to release a “similar software update […] for newer phone models”.
Apple responded in a letter (direct link to Ars Technica copy of the letter. PDF):
“iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X models include hardware updates that allow a more advanced performance management system that more precisely allows iOS to anticipate and avoid an unexpected shutdown.”
This statement creates more questions than it answers, really.
Does that mean that shutdowns won’t happen with the iPhones 8 and X, so Apple won’t need to slowdown these iPhones in order to prevent them?
Does that mean that shutdowns will still happen but less often or less systematically and, therefore, Apple won’t need to slow down iPhones 8 and X as much or as soon as it did with iPhones 6, 6S and 7?
Were iPhone batteries (before the 8 and X) too poor to efficiently handle delivering enough power (voltage) to iPhones consistently? Did Apple realize that and put better ones in the iPhones 8 and X?
Because “hardware updates that allow a more advanced performance management system” pretty much means, after translation of the Apple language, either better quality batteries or less demanding CPUs/GPUs.
We know that the A-11 Series CPUs present in the new iPhones are more powerful than the A-10 (iPhones 7). So, either they’re throttled (slowed down, downcloked) in some way or there’s little chance they’re less demanding. Thus, these “hardware updates” seem to mean better batteries… If we believe Apple and accept that 2017 iPhones will be less prone to shutdowns/slowdowns as true, that is.
But, wait a minute… I thought there wasn’t any problem with iPhone 6, 6S and 7 batteries! I thought they were perfectly fine and not at fault, here. I thought that random shutdowns were unavoidable and started to affect ALL lithium-ion battery powered devices all over the world (after just one year of use like iPhones are)!?
Isn’t that what almost all the media, Apple fanboys and Apple itself told us?! That we were stupid deniers to challenge this claim and we needed to accept reality? Or did Reality itself change… again??
Or… Were they lying?
Apple fanboys keep on denying the Battery Gate and spreading misinfo.
iFanboys are still trying to spin this new development (Reddit) in this batterygate/iPhoneslow mess hard though… So hard they make me sick to my stomach:
“Doesn’t this confirm that the 6, 6s, 7 had a hardware defect.”
“Not in any form. It’s more advanced hardware that is able to gauge “performance” more accurately. All batteries degrade and older iPhones have less accurate hardware to gauge peak performance to avoid shutdowns.”
“More advanced hardware”… A properly functioning battery would be advanced
hardware now… LOL… For iPhones and Apple fanboys, maybe.
SO, NOT ALL BATTERIES DEGRADE AS MUCH AND/OR AS QUICKLY AS iPHONES BATTERIES DO. NO.
AND THEY CERTAINLY DON’T CAUSE ALL SMARTPHONES TO SHUTDOWN AFTER JUST ONE YEAR OF USE LIKE iPHONES DO (if they didn’t, Apple wouldn’t have needed to throttle iPhones 7 with iOS 11.2).
I’m fed up with these lies and misinformation. So red color it is. This HAS TO be understood by everyone.
[Note: Apple fanboys are purposely ignoring the fact that Android flagships mostly don’t randomly shut down because of battery wear after just one or even 2 years of use… not nearly as much as iPhones 6, 6S and 7, at least. The battery life reduces because of impedance (i.e. internal resistance — Wikipedia), of course. But the voltage delivered by the batteries of the vast majority of Android flagships is still high enough to power them phone efficiently, so no shutdowns.
iFanboys keep on pretending Android phones are absolutely affected in the same way. It’s false.
And they do not provide proof. They just claim it’s true.
Of course, on the billions of Android phones out there, you can find some that shutdown because of poor or faulty batteries. But it’s NOT affecting Android flagships as much as iPhones. And the ones that are affected are identified as having defective or faulty or poor quality batteries. End of story.
Plus, iPhones can shut down way before their battery reach 70% (considered end of life by experts) or even 80% capacity left. I’ll prove this in my next book, the Volume 3 of “Apple, The Forbidden Truth” Series. So these shutdowns do NOT only occur because of old batteries.
Android phones are also much less affected than iPhones by cold temperatures.]
And there’s no such thing as “hardware to gauge peak performance to avoid shutdowns”, advanced or not. This doesn’t exist in our phones. This is done by software. A PCM (Maker.io by Digikey) is a hardware component (aka Protection Circuit Module) that actually causes shutdowns… to protect the battery from either overcharging, over-discharging or discharging too quickly (this last case would be the problem happening with iPhones). And they are present in all smartphones (not only in iPhones as Apple’s response in its letter would seem to imply). So, is that a lie or just talking out of one’s ass?
I understand it’s too difficult to spin because what Apple said makes no sense and doesn’t add up at all with its previous statements. But then… don’t try. Admit it’s all bull and stop looking like a fool… unless one is paid to do so, of course.
For example, Apple statement above doesn’t add up with Apple saying, just a month ago, that the slowing down “feature” is here to stay and that they “plan to add support for other products in the future” (Reuters) either. Now it seems that iPhones 8, 8+ and X won’t need it (as much) because of these “hardware updates” (slightly better batteries?).
But it’s not what I think. I think this statement is there to confuse people a bit more. Because Apple doesn’t specifically say that there won’t be shutdowns nor that they won’t throttle iPhones. Just that it should be better.
My guess is that there are no much better batteries in the iPhones 8 [maybe there is in the X but I doubt it… Apple uses too many software tricks to preserve its battery. Though there could be in this year iPhones because of this scandal… But, if there are, they’ll have to pretend it’s thanks to new tech unavailable before. We may already know it’s false, but Apple fanboys will try and convince everyone else of it]. But Apple has designed so many “features” (I’ll list them in my next book too) to preserve iPhones batteries (not battery life, but the battery itself: to avoid degrading it as fast as it would otherwise) that maybe it doesn’t need to throttle CPUs as much as it did before. That’s it. But the consequence is that is definitely impacts performance… And not by “improving it”, no.
More problems with Apple’s letter.
There are more problems, flat out wrong statements and inconsistencies in Apple’s letter.
Like when it says:
“the software update successfully reduced the incidence of unexpected shutdowns and that the customers’ experience with it was positive.”
Are you kidding me? The “customers’ experience was positive”?? Who determined that? Is that what the dozens of lawsuits Apple is facing suggest?
How can a customer (not counting Apple fanboys or the biased iMedia here, obviously) be objectively satisfied to see his/her device being throttled (sometimes to a crawl, like 60% of its original clockspeed) after just a year of usage or less? How is that possible?
The only happy customers are those who are not affected (their iPhone isn’t slowed down at all) or not tech savvy enough to realize the problem.
And, yeah, the update reduced the shutdowns… But at what price?
Also, Apple alludes to the possibility (not a fact) that it did notify users that they were being throttled (Senator John Thune’s question n°1 uses this exact term). It’s false. All Apple said in iOS ReadMe Notes (Apple.com support pages), a full month after having released the 10.2.1 update and already implemented the slowdowns by the way, was:
“[the update] also improves power management during peak workloads to avoid unexpected shutdowns on iPhone”.
“Improving power management” is NOT synonym of “throttling”. Period.
More, when it says that “older iPhones […] did not experience the issue”, it’s not true. I’ll provide link to plenty of testimonies and thousands of Apple consumers delclaring they had the same problem, thus giving strong evidence it happened before. iPhones 4S and 5 (owners) were also definitely “experiencing the issue”.
And now, the most disturbing thing is that Apple fanboys are even using this to claim that ALL iPhones (and not only the 6, 6S and 7) were experiencing random shutdowns… to try and prove that, by extension, all smartphones (batteries) have always been affected by them.
They will use anything to convince us. Even stuff that at first glance is negative, for Apple’s image and products reliability. If it can be twisted to somehow clear Apple of any mistake or wrongdoing, they’ll use it. So much bad faith and hypocrisy, it’s incredible… yet true.
But if, like Apple (not some fanboys) claims, these iPhone users posting about the shutdowns their devices were experiencing on Apple own support/discussion forum in 2013 and 21014 are wrong and Apple says the truth… Doesn’t that give more weight to the idea that there’s a problem with more recent iPhones (batteries and or CPUs and GPUs) and that Li-ion batteries as a whole are not to blame?
Last, the tidbit on software updates being only optional is funny since Apple does EVERYTHING it can to force its users to “update”… and stay “updated” to a new version of iOS.
That’s it for this news.
On a side Note [the following is not merely self-promotion, I just need to explain why it takes so long to publish the third opus of the series], I’m still working on the third volume of “Apple, The Forbidden Truth” Series but, and although I’m busy with other matters, this Battery Gate / #iPhoneSlow scandal is very complex (Apple doesn’t help in making it simpler at all) because it touches on a multitude of problems and is still ongoing. So, it prevents me from publishing Vol. 3. But I’d like you to be able to read it sooner rather than later and, except for the #iPhoneSlow part, it’s done. There are plenty of midblowing revelations in it. It’s packed with them, maybe more so than Vol. 1 & 2.
Therefore, what I think I’m gonna do is just a relatively simple and limited (when you read my –long– blog posts, you know that “simple and limited” for me and above all in a book context, would still be 10 pages at the very least) explanation of this (there are others) Battery Gate, and maybe, later on, write a small book exclusively on it. Though I could also add some thoughts on potential/possible iPhone planned obsolescence.
Thanks for reading this very long blog post. I hope it gave you enough info on Apple’s response to Senator John Thune’s enquiry on the Batterygate / #iPhoneSlow… and maybe made you understand some aspects of this issue a bit better.