Will you disable Apple's power management if your older iPhone could shut down? (results)

Will you disable Apple's throttling if your iPhone could potentially shut down?

Yes
57.31%
No
16.11%
I'll be taking advantage of Apple's $29 battery replacement offer
26.58%

We asked you last week whether you would take advantage of the new power management toggle Apple promised to introduce, that will let older iPhones perform at their peak, regardless of the shutdown risk, and most of our 1471 respondents said that they will either turn off CPU throttling, or pop up in an Apple store and swap their batteries for new ones at $29 a pop. Just 16% would prefer things as they are - with somewhat slower but more stable older iPhones' performance, indicating that Apple may have underestimated their users' need for stability/performance tradeoffs.

Apple did the right thing after the whole older-iPhones-get-throttled controversy, and, besides a $29 battery replacement service, will be giving users the right to choose whether they want a performance hit but stable operations, or would gamble on current peaks that can force an aging battery to shut the handset down in certain scenarios.

Yes, in a future iOS update, Apple will give iPhone owners the ability to turn off that particular thread in its power management software that throttles the CPU on handsets with older battery packs. Users will be warned of the potential risks for unexpected shutdowns in extreme scenarios, but will be able to choose their poison, if they haven't opted for the $29 battery replacements that Apple is giving out.

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22 Comments

1. Subie

Posts: 2395; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

There shouldn't be a shut down risk on one year old flagship phones to begin with...

2. Subie

Posts: 2395; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I'll give Apple credit for planning to give iPhone users the option to have this "feature" on or off though. I didn't think that was going to happen.

3. japkoslav

Posts: 1520; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

This problem is probably that big, that even Apple can't ignore it. + It will help PR before it'll hit the court.

8. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

No credit given to Apple since they've denied this as being done for a while until some more credible evidence popped up.

21. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Yep, agreed. Why give a cunning money grabbing a55hole of a company any credit for scamming users for the last 5 or so years.. You're soft if you're willing to forgive bad practices like this... Zero Credfks given

13. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Exactly. But notice none of the Apple fan club members are saying this. They always avoid the obvious. I would say even a 2 or 3 year old phone shouldn't either. It is fair to say that liek ANY battery, as it loses it charge it won;t be as effective and it won;t last as long. But usually it just means you will have to charge it more often, because the run time is very short. Unlike Alkaline batteries, that are a once use throw-a/ways; rechargeable batteries suppose to work different. Rechargeable batteries are suppose to provide full power until they run very low on charge. The iPhone falls to 20% and then it just completely dies? That's some cheap garbage. I can run my battery down on my Galaxy Note 8 to 1% and I notice zero degradation in speed. These iPhone's are completely turning off at 20%. Why? Why can't they run down to the same 20%? There is no way the CPU's power management is so terrible that it would zap 20% battery in a second. I know the A-Series is power hungry. But so is the SnapDragon and the one made by Nvidia. But none of those device die at just 20% battery.

22. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

The general consensus is that Li-on batteries start to loose their capacity post 200-300 charges. So assuming you are charging your phone very day over the course of a year that's a (typical case) 200 day life span before you start suffering any issues. The issues will hardly be noticed - you might go from a 6hr SOT a day phone to a 5hr SOT around the 400 charge cycle... Other things like how fast the battery is charged and discharged also affect longevity. Either way, Apple should never have implemented the throttling - which they did, not for the user, but for their own interest in selling more phones (keeping the wheels turning over, keeping iSheep spending) - especially since the replacement batteries are only $29 - which pretty much confirms Apple was in it to scam users plain and simple...

4. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Apple made a huge screw up upon themselves. They shall have the bitter taste of their own medicine.

5. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Majority of the voters aren't even Apple users. I never take such polls seriously.

7. Cicero

Posts: 1137; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Why don't you take thus seriously? Because it is answered by other phones owners except iPhones owners? It is their answer about this Apple problem. Do you think iPhones owners will answer "YES! Apple screw us and we always love you.".

10. japkoslav

Posts: 1520; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

As a mostly Android user, I have to agree with you. This poll does not really contain much of an "information value". I myself, if I owned iPhone, I would not know what to pick. Both situations look bad to me. Chose between two evils ... what is worse? I didn't vote, I don't own iPhone and I am glad I don't have to deal with this.

15. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Of course that is what is said. Why does it matter? Shouldn't you have had the choice from the beginning? All computers that run Windows and even OSX offer the user the ability to manage their power usage when the laptop is on plug or battery. Why sholdl Apple be any different? When you trust someone to make decisions for you, they usually screw you over. Ask people who allow others to manage their money. I know you use Samsung devices. What pops up when you use one of the power saving modes? It says on the screen. IT says The brightness of the display will be decreased, the CPU will have a speed limiter, networking features will be turned off. And even though it has presets, you can still customize them to your personal taste. With a SoC limiter, that means you will suffer degraded performance. Anyone who owns a car knows, if you put a limiter on an engine, that means it won't go as fast. Like people who own Diesel engines vehicles. But Samsung and other Android OEM.s who offer power savign features, put them open and in front of you telling you what they do. The fact is, whether you own an Apple device or not, yes you should vote yes that Apple should give its users the choice. Why do you always have to act like a troll all the time. Good is good whether I will benefit directly or not. If there was an open public vote that says, shoudl McDonald's give you the choice of better healthier food for you and your family; even if you don't eat their; woudl you not vote yeas? After all it will benefit someone else. Won't it not? Gosh dude, your life must really suck. Its a public system. The concept is to vote for the benefit off all, not like Republicans who vote for the benefit of just themselves.

6. palmguy

Posts: 983; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Needed the option: not worrying about it, switching to Android.

11. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Pick your poison.

12. Jrod99

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

I would like to use my non throttled just to see if it ever shuts down. If it doesn’t then no reason to have set to throttled.

14. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1579; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Apple products use joke batteries and I wouldn't touch an iPhone, iPad, or Mac after this BS has come to surface. I have never owned a mobile device that the battery degrades in a way it cannot keep the phone or tablet from rebooting. Overall battery life depletes over time, but it still keeps the device from rebooting. I have a 5 year old Samsung Note 10, and a 4 year old Note 3 in my home used regularly still cause they just don't die.

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