With the iOS 12.1 update, Apple’s processor throttling comes to the iPhone 8/Plus and X : Today’s lithium batteries are rated for a certain amount of charge cycles before they start degrading in terms of capacity or ability to provide peak current. This simple fact led to a real #batterygate scandal when Apple acknowledged that iPhones with aged or weaker batteries will take a hit in peak performance, in order to preserve their internals better.
Chipsets and other hardware are becoming ever more powerful and demanding, especially Apple’s AX line of processors, resulting in going over the fence when trying to extract stronger current from a weaker battery. At that time, older iPhones employed shutdown procedures to safeguard the electronics in certain extreme scenarios.
Starting with iOS 12.1, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X get Apple’s ‘performance management’ option
With the launch of the new iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, Apple updated a lot of the terms for trade-ins, insurance, and, yes, the battery replacement tags. Starting January 1, 2019, eligible phones from the iPhone 6 and up, will no longer be able to take advantage of the $29 battery replacement deal.
The price tag will go to $49 for older iPhones, while the new gear from the iPhone X and up, will be charged $69 for a battery swap out of warranty. That’s still lower than the $79 tag Apple charged before #BatteryGate, and your XS or XR are unlikely to need the service in the foreseeable future anyway.
With the iOS 12.1 update, however, Apple’s “performance management” aka processor throttling has apparently wiggled its way into the 2017 crop of iPhones as well, for better or worse. Granted, their battery cycle counts are not even halfway through, and the more frugal chipsets as well as the smoother iOS 12 should make the tradeoff between slowdowns or shutdowns unnecessary, but we’ll keep an eye for any evidence to the contrary.