BATTERY DRAIN Apple is now SLOWING DOWN your iPhone X and 8 – here’s how to switch off its controversial ‘performance management’ feature

Apple claim that the feature prevents older phones from suffering unexpected shutdowns

05 November 2018 - 09:54

APPLE is now slowing down the performance of the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, after having launched a new update for its mobile operating system on Tuesday.

The slowing down of these models comes from Apple's "performance management" feature, which had already been rolled out for the iPhone 6 through to the iPhone 7 Plus.

The suspicion that older iPhone models were becoming unusually slow has been floating around for years, and in December 2017 Apple admitted that it had been 'throttling' the performance of all iPhone 6 models and the iPhone SE for about 12 months.

Now, it has quietly left a hint on its Support pages that it has begun managing the performance of the iPhone X and both iPhone 8 models, in addition to already slowing down the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

It's doing this through this week's iOS 12.1 update, which prevents the older iPhones from working too fast.

Apple claims that this is to preserve the power and lifespan of ageing batteries, which may cause iPhones to unexpectedly shut down if overused.

Fortunately, owners of the iPhone X and earlier models can turn off the performance management feature if they feel that their devices have become too slow recently.

All they have to do is the following:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Tap Battery
  3. Tap Battery Health
  4. Scroll down to the Peak Performance Capability subheading and tap Disable

It's worth noting, however, that once performance management has been disabled, it can't be manually enabled again.

Instead, it will activate automatically in the event that the phone experiences an unexpected shutdown.

This is why it might be better to trust Apple, and actually put up with slightly slower performance in exchange for reliability.

What do you think of the performance throttling feature? Let us know in the comments.


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