Subject: Re: Apple cuts $50 off price for replacment phone batteries, sheepishly offers apology
> I think there were two reasons they did it:
both are wrong
> 1. 300-500 dead to full charge cycles is enough to hobble a lithium battery,
> even without fast charging and this would undoubtedly produce warranty issues
> with people who do a lot of charging. $$$
batteries are rated for 80% after 500 cycles, which is *not* in any way
'hobbled' and that's also several *years* in typical use, longer than
most people will keep the phone.
> 2. It does make people want to go to a new phone if they perceive that their
> current phone is "too slow."
if it was 'too slow', they'd likely get a competitor's phone.
as has been stated, the reason it was done, is that aging batteries
cannot supply sufficient current for peak demands, so to avoid sudden
unexpected shutdowns or possible hardware damage, peak demand is
reduced (not overall demand as is widely claimed).
there is *no* avoiding battery aging, no matter what product it is.
battery issues are also not unique to apple:
A number of Nexus 6P owners have reported an alarming battery problem
with their phones as of Android 7.0 being released for the handset,
which causes the phone to power down when the battery gauge still
shows anywhere from 10 to 60% battery remaining.
which would you prefer? unexpected shutdowns or a reduction of peak
(not overall) performance, which is not noticeable in most cases?