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So, Apple's position is that they're throttling iPhones to make them "last as long as possible." Okay. There would be nothing wrong with that..... had they been transparent about it.
But they hid this. It's not pro-consumer to slow down our phones and hide that we can speed things back up by spending $79 on a new battery. As others have said, many people needlessly spent $500-800 dollars upgrading to a new phone when they didn't have to. Apple's argument presents a false choice between having your phone die or having it slow down. There is a third choice - replace the battery and experience full performance. But that option wasn't disclosed to consumers. Additionally, this hidden 'feature' is nearly forced upon users due to how strongly iOS pushes for updating to the latest version upon release.
I use (and love) Apple products, but I won't defend them on this. This is wrong, it's a huge deal, and those of us who use Apple products should demand a change. Giving users more visibility into battery health and throttling practices is a start, but it's not enough. In addition to giving users a clear-eyed choice on throttling/performance and battery replacement, Apple needs to stop strong-arming people into major iOS updates, updates which introduce both the throttling function AND the new features (which put additional strain on the processor/battery) further necessitating its use. They should continue supporting older versions of iOS with security patches for a predetermined period of time. Stop pressuring customers to update iOS through constant nags and lack of security patches on the version of iOS designed for their hardware.