Apple has admitted to intentionally slowing down iPhones as they get older, without notifying customers.
The revelation would appear to lend weight to a popular conspiracy theory about the mobile phone.
However, the tech giant claims the move is not designed to encourage customers to upgrade to newer iPhone models.
Rather, Apple says it throttles iPhone performance as a precautionary measure. If it did not, the company claims, older iPhones would keep shutting down unexpectedly or break earlier than they should.
“Last year we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions,” Apple told Reuters.
“We’ve now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future.”
The issue comes from the iPhone’s battery, rather than its processor.