It is interesting to see how news about Apple slowing old iPhones are coming.
Years ago I heard how people complained that their old iPhones became slower. Usually, the explanation was – too many installed apps, files, and even storage fragmentation.
There were people who declared a theory that performance was decreased by Apple to motivate people to buy new iPhones. Sounded too conspiracy to me.
- About a week ago I read that Reddit user who compared the performance of 2 old iPhones with old and new battery. He found that one with an old battery was really slow. The idea was – Apple slows old iPhones with an old battery to keep it working a full day.
- A few days later this was proved by GeekBench
- Soon Apple admitted that they really did this. With argumentation – they wanted to avoid “unexpectedly shutting down”. One read about this, for example, on BusinesInsider.
- Now class action is initiated against Apple
It took just 12 days from step 1 to step 4.
Argument Apple used to explain its position is rather strange – if my battery goes down fast I see this and expect that device could be shutting down soon.
Whatever, the real reason is, the conspiracy theory was not that wrong in the end.
Reading all these news I remembered that my rather old Android also feels slow. At least, it looked like this for me.
On the one hand, I’m a heavy user, on the other hand… it became slow.
I can try to completely reset my phone to check if the issue could be related to apps I use or installed earlier and other rubbish in the system collected with time. But, to be honest, I’m too lazy to do this.
I decided to, at least, check my battery health. This is easy to do even for a lazy person – there are apps which shows this information. I installed “SystemPanel” and saw that my battery was “Good”.
Well, “good” is better than “bad”, but it is worse than “excellent”. But wait, is there an “excellent” health level at all? I did not find an answer. Following the trend, developers assume that data presented on a screen is absolutely self-explaining. What, however, is not always the case.
In the end, I found in Android API documentation that battery health could be:
So, health can be “good”, “dead”, and …. “cold”. Strange.
Anyway, it looks like in term of degradation, a battery could be either “good” or “dead”. What makes this status rather useless.
PS: it could happen that some Android manufacturers do the same trick as Apple did. They all modify original Android and do not publish modified sources.