Apple agrees to notify users when iOS updates throttle down performance

Apple agrees to notify users when iOS updates throttle down performance
Following the last year debate about whether or not Apple should have informed consumers that some of its updates will slow down their iPhones, the UK Competition and Markets Authority kicked off an investigation to learn more about the matter.

The investigation only started after Apple admitted that the iOS update it pushed in late 2017 throttled down performance of older iPhones. Fast forward more than one year and it looks like the UK government and Apple have found common ground. Apple has officially agreed to notify consumers when an iOS update will affect the performance of their iPhones.


The official statement on UK government's website also mentions that Apple has agreed to provide easily accessible information about battery health and unexpected shutdowns, which the company has already done, along with guidance on how iPhone users can optimize the health of their phone's battery.

Everything that Apple agreed to applies both for current and future iPhones. In case any of the commitments made by Apple will be breached at any time in the future, the company could be sanctioned by the CMA (Competition and Markets Authority).

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21 Comments

1. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

This should have been done in the first place!!

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Oh, like we should trust Apple now, especially when they slowed down previous iPhones without telling anyone. Does Apple pinky swear that won't happen again? Like it matters.

11. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

My old iphones still rocks after the update. Apple only throttle iphone so that it will not crashed like androids. Now that iphone has battery info, some users are weird once it drop.

17. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1083; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Oh please, Those throttled phones constantly have issues. The biggest one being the phones would just shut off despite have 50%+ charge.

3. cmdacos

Posts: 4264; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

They should do a pop up notification like the endless update pop ups you get all hours of the day or spam ads they push to buy an XR.

12. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Maybe you are talking to your android phones with annoying ads and spam. Besides, your android phone is an Xr copycat.

13. Vancetastic

Posts: 1581; Member since: May 17, 2017

I’ve never seen these spam ads. The update thing is annoying, though.

19. oldskool50 unregistered

or to update to one of their broken updates.

4. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

So just include a message like “this update may alter performance” with every update. I couldn’t count how many android updates Ive had that crippled a phone - example, anyone remember going from kitkat to lollipop?

7. User123456789

Posts: 1008; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Battery issues was seen on many phones.

9. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1438; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Going from KitKat to Lollipop on my Xperia Z1 and LG G2 at the time actually increased screen-on-time by nearly an hour and performance on the Xperia Z1 increased slightly and on the G2 substantially.

5. mel0524

Posts: 81; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The problem is this... Apple force you to updates your ios no matter you like it or not. If you left your ios too old many things will not work smoothly. 1. If you dont, not all apps will work smoothly. 2. Once you update there is no turning back, you're stuck with it for the rest of the iphones life.

8. vgking9699

Posts: 194; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

It’s the same way with android but even worse And with windows, many times when you get a new version of windows it breaks compatibility with many different things like printers or fax machines or web cams

10. blingblingthing

Posts: 977; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Pretty sure I've rolled back Android versions on my LG G2 and a Note 4.

14. Vancetastic

Posts: 1581; Member since: May 17, 2017

I’ve had various iPhones for ten years, and not once have I been “forced” to update.

20. Menageryl

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 25, 2019

Where the hell do you get this BS from?????!?? The only time not updating will cause the kind of symptoms you’re talking is when the version you’re on is well over 7 or 8 years old!!!! Only then. And then it becomes like any other piece of software or operating environment so far behind - it struggles to understand and be understood by modern or live services. No mystery there.

6. User123456789

Posts: 1008; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Every new iOS... I'll keep my ipad on 12.0.1 as long as possible

15. JCASS889

Posts: 565; Member since: May 18, 2018

But why is an update affecting performance in the first place? Isn't it supposed to improve overall device performance.

16. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

So true, doesn't matter if its iOS or android. I have not had any problems with a update on my android phones but I know others have. I am also on at&t and I do think at&t waits tell a update is right before pushing it out.

21. Menageryl

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 25, 2019

The performance throttling was introduced when it was discovered that devices with BADLY reduced battery capacities (degradation) were prone to random shutdowns during peak power demands. It was meant to ensure such devices continued to run, even if not quite as fast as they would in the past. But this only occurs if the device has a significantly degraded battery. Replace said battery and the throttling goes aways.

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