The latest update of iOS, iOS 12.1 brings Apple’s controversial “performance management feature” to the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X which throttles the processor to save battery as it degrades over time. Apple justifies this move by saying that it would stop the handset from randomly shutting down.
It is a feature that can be turned off if desired. Previously Apple has told US senators that “hardware updates” meant that the feature isn’t as necessary on its newest phones.
“Additionally, users can see if the performance management feature that dynamically manages maximum performance to prevent unexpected shutdowns is on and can choose to turn it off … This feature applies to iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus. Starting with iOS 12.1, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X include this feature, but performance management may be less noticeable due to their more advanced hardware and software design.”
This update is contrary to Apple’s statement regarding its more recent devices which included the iPhone 8 and iPhone x which Apple said it uses more advanced hardware and software design and as a result will not need the throttling feature
“iPhone 8 and later use a more advanced hardware and software design that provides a more accurate estimation of both power needs and the battery’s power capability to maximize overall system performance. This allows a different performance management system that more precisely allows iOS to anticipate and avoid an unexpected shutdown. As a result, the impacts of performance management may be less noticeable on iPhone 8 and later. Over time, the rechargeable batteries in all iPhone models will diminish in their capacity and peak performance and will eventually need to be replaced.”
This brings to heart how fast Apple hardware becomes obsolete and the fact that even the companies latest devices the iPhone Xs Xs Max and the iPhone Xr might require this feature in just a few short months.