How to Check if Apple is Slowing Down Your iPhone (& What to Do About It)

Welp, Apple recently admitted to slowing down users’ iPhone processor speeds when iOS detects that the device has a battery that is suffering. Along with this admission after the outrage from people calling Apple out for deliberately slowing down their iPhones to get them to upgrade to new ones, Apple also announced that if you have a phone with an affected battery you can go to an Apple store and get the battery replaced to bring the performance back for $30 instead of the usual $80 during 2018.

Without getting too much into why this was super not okay of Apple, and emphasis on not telling people about this and just secretly doing it until enough people complained, let’s get into how you can tell if it’s happening to your iPhone and what to do about it if it is.

First up, this “fix” is only in iOS 10.2.1 for the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus and SE and in iOS 11.2 for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. So if you don’t have one of those devices on that version of iOS or higher, then you aren’t being affected by it and the slowness is just normal sadly.

iOS Version

If you are on those versions or higher, you can check on your iPhone by simply downloading Geekbench, the popular benchmarking test, and running the CPU benchmark. When it’s all done, you’ll see a score at the end if this score is more than 500 points below the typical new iPhone scores below then chances are you are being affected.

Average iPhone Geekbench Scores

Now, once you’ve determined that you are affected, then you can either go to Apple and invoke this $30 exchange or, if you’re feeling particularly DIY today, you can click the link here to be taken to where I’ve been selling batteries for a long time and just also lowered the price to half of what Apple is charging. Totally up to you.

Either way, hope that helped you get to the bottom of the mystery of your iPhone and helps you get it fixed regardless of how you fix it. Let me know what you guys think below!

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