Apple released iOS 12.1 today and the update has been well received by iPhone fans. The reason why iOS 12.1 is such a hit in the Apple community is because it comes with a bunch of cool new features such as Group FaceTime and 70 new emojis! On the downside of things, this latest iOS update also introduces a big problem to iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.
iOS 12.1 Throttling Problem
For those who haven’t heard about Apple’s infamous iPhone “throttling problem” yet, they should know that Apple revealed in 2017 its software updates sometimes slow down iPhones. This caused older iPhones such as iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 7 and 7 Plus to underperform after getting the latest iOS update. Sadly, the same thing that is happening with iOS 12.1 right now.
Apple is Slowing Down iOS 8, 8 Plus and X
Apple even received an $11 million fine from the Italian authorities that oversee product quality because of this issue. The weird thing about iOS 12.1 is that Apple was now ashamed to acknowledge that it slows down iPhones when it made the following statement in the patch notes:
“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”.
Apple is talking about the Battery Health section feature which was introduced alongside iOS 11.3, the update which was first proved to slow down iPhones. Fortunately, Apple fans can always disable the Battery Health by following the next steps Settings – Battery – Battery Health, and then just manually disable the feature.
What do you think about Apple’s software updates? Is it worth it to get access to some new features while taking the risk that your iPhone might run slower than usual? If one thing is certain, then it is that Apple needs to stop making older iPhones underperform.