Subject: Re: Apple cuts $50 off price for replacment phone batteries, sheepishly offers apology
| I think there were two reasons they did it:
| 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. $$$
| 2. It does make people want to go to a new phone if they perceive that
their current phone is "too slow."
Here's the investigation that led to their admission:
It was added with OS updates. In some cases the throttling
was with batteries only 16 months old. Which would mean
either #2 is true or their batteries are junk.
If #1 is true then why is it true? Is it normal for a cellphone
to go weak within 1 1/2 years? That doesn't seem to be the
case generally. If it were then people would be regularly
planning to replace batteries, perhaps once per year.
So it seems likely that they had a bad batch of batteries,
tried to cover it up, and #2 is also partially true.