It has been revealed that the person who exposed the trick of Apple of ‘intentionally’ slowing down its older iPhones is a teenager from Tennessee. It has since forced the mega-company to issue a global apology.
17-year-old Tyler Barney said that he exposed the said problem after experiencing a problem with his iPhone 6.
According to the Tennessean, a local newspaper, Barney, who is currently in high school, wrote about the problems that he encountered on Reddit after his phone “became buggy.”
Barney stated: “It was a big mess all the time. Even typing was painful. Seconds passed between keystrokes.”
When he became fed up with using his own iPhone while he anticipated for an updated operating system to be released by Apple, he decided to try his iPhone 6 of his brother.
Although his brother’s iPhone was an older model, it was around a year younger, and it was noticeably faster.
Intrigued by his observations, Barney attempted to figure out why that might be and discovered a suggestion that he replace the battery of his iPhone. When he did so, his phone noticeably sped up instantly.
That is when he took to Reddit, where he posts under the username TeckFire, in order to share his findings that the tech company intentionally slows older iPhones to force its users into upgrading.
The said post subsequently went viral, leading to an apology from Apple.
Barney’s discovery has already prompted various lawsuits.
In an effort to head off the damage, Apple issued an apology, stating: “We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down.”
The tech giant also announced that it is reducing the price of a replacement battery, and it is said to be planning to show its users exactly how much their battery has degraded.
In a statement, Apple stated: “We apologise. There’s been a lot of misunderstanding about this issue, so we would like to clarify and let you know about some changes we’re making.
“First and foremost, we have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades.”