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Is Your iPhone 6 Battery is Being Throttled? New iOS Feature

Back in December, Apple admitted that it was purposely throttling iPhone 6 performance in order to sustain battery life. This was thanks to a Reddit post that noted that as the battery wore out with age, so did processor performance – and that’s not how it’s supposed to work.

Though battery performance might decrease, the processor should stay the same. This sparked some investigations from various tech blogs that found that after you replaced your iPhone 6 battery, processor performance went back to normal.


What does this mean for me?

iPhonesPhoto Credit: Apple

Recently, Wired reported that Apple updated iOS 11.3 to include a feature that will tell you if your phone is being throttled, and if your iPhone 6 is in need of a battery replacement.

The performance issue isn’t limited to just the iPhone 6, but also affect the 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, iPhone 7, 7 Plus, and SE models. So if you’re the proud owner of any of those, this news will be particularly important for you.

Not only does the new feature tell you if your iPhone 6 battery needs replacing, but it also allows you to shut the throttling feature off in the meanwhile to increase your iPhone 6 performance.

According to Wired, the feature is still in Beta mode, so it might not be perfect just yet. Nevertheless, it’s a start. You can use it by going to Settings > Battery > Battery Health.

From there, you can check your battery’s capacity and peak performance capability. The good news is that your battery shouldn’t really degrade all that much, and it’s definitely not the kind of thing you need to check all the time. In general, batteries start to degrade over years, not mere weeks.

But as your battery does inevitably age, so does the likelihood of your phone crashing, according to Apple. That’s where the throttling comes in – Apple says it can help prevent unexpected shutdowns, which is good. However it comes at the expense of performance, which is bad. You can turn off the performance limiter, but if your phone crashes, Apple will turn it on again automatically. 


What do I do now?

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Photo Credit: Mac Rumors

In the weeks following Apple’s apology, there was more than just a stream of lawsuits. There was also a stream of people heading right to the Apple store to get their batteries replaced. Some users had to wait up to a month to get their iPhone 6 batteries replaced. Wait times of two weeks were extremely common. 

But as several bloggers noted, the difference in performance was stark. Geekbench testing showed a throttled iPhone 6S scoring a 2485 in multi-core testing, but after changing out the battery, the phone scored 4412. That’s nearly double the speed.

People also noticed a marked difference in everyday tasks such as web browsing or loading the homepage, but the difference was most noticeable in graphic-heavy tasks. While the crowds mobbing the Apple store have thinned out a bit, there are still plenty of people who haven’t gotten around to swapping out their iPhone 6 batteries in the last few months. 


iPhone 6 battery replacement

iphone battery replacement by Puls techsPuls technicians are there on-the-spot to replace your battery whenever you need it.

Rather than risk waiting long periods of time at the Apple store, you can simply go online and have a Pulstechnician at your door in under an hour. The process takes just seconds, and Puls will meet you on your terms – anytime and anywhere you like.

While Apple is taking steps to correct the battery performance issue, there’s no getting around a battery that needs replacement. Get your battery replaced quickly and easily with Puls.

Jake S.
Jake S.
Jake Sherman is a professional writer with a background in journalism. He is fascinated by home appliances and how they work. He enjoys breaking down complex topics and explaining them in interesting ways. He has been a Puls staff writer for two years. When he's not writing, he enjoys trotting around the globe, trying unfamiliar foods, and testing unmarked doors to see if they're locked.

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