Apple confirmed a longtime conspiracy theory — and gave regular customers a big reason to distrust it

Apple confirmed a longtime conspiracy theory — and gave regular customers a big reason to distrust it, by Troy Wolverton.

Apple … on Wednesday acknowledged what some people have long suspected: that it has been secretly stifling the performance of older iPhones.

Critics have accused the company in the past, based on anecdotal evidence, of purposely slowing phones to compel users to upgrade to the latest model. While Apple admitted to the practice on Wednesday, it sought to underscore that it had done so for a purely altruistic reason: to prevent older phones from shutting down unexpectedly.

The justification hasn’t mollified Apple’s outraged fans. If anything, the company’s statement has stoked the conspiracy theories, and for good reason. …

Apple hasn’t explained why it didn’t disclose the practice until now, after GeekBench released charts based on its data that showed how older iPhones were not performing as quickly as they had when they launched. …

Apple may well be honest in explaining its motives for throttling phones and about the time frame when it started doing so. But many folks just aren’t going to believe that.

Seems the problem lies with old batteries not delivering enough voltage when still as much as 40% full. Should the phone shutdown or slow down? Consider getting a new battery.