/2017/12/iphone_battery_throttling

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Ming-Chi Kuo:
弗里斯特
9:27 pm — Wednesday, 20 December 2017
Übre:
Wouldn't be DF without a weird dig at Uber (which no one else has ever compared to Apple in the history of journalism.)
9:35 pm — Wednesday, 20 December 2017
Harvey Weinstein:
I love auto shutting old phones
10:08 pm — Wednesday, 20 December 2017
Lithium Dreams:
It's not an impossible situation. Apple could make a phone with a user-replaceable battery.

Just sayin'.
10:23 pm — Wednesday, 20 December 2017
Grubology 101:
Where's Gruber's takedown of today's Gurman article?
11:12 pm — Wednesday, 20 December 2017
Mac Pro is Dead:
> Even if some unscrupulous engineer were willing to implement such a booby trap, how would they keep other engineers on the team from noticing it, fixing it, and figuring out who was responsible? Something along the lines of “if (deviceAgeInYears > 2) { [self _runFuckingSlow]; }” is going to stick out in code review after being checked into the iOS source code.

Are you serious? They were just told to implement this by a Senior Executive. The *reverse* would be true. The people un-doing the `runFuckingSlow` would have theirs undone by Code Review.
12:57 am — Thursday, 21 December 2017
anonymous:
And yet isn't this exactly what they did: make the phone run slow? Programmers implemented this change without resigning en masse. The motivations were different than what Gruber is describing, but the end result is Apple purposely slowing down phones.
1:36 am — Thursday, 21 December 2017
anonymous:
Also, my first-gen Google Pixel is worth $280 on Swappa. An iPhone 7 is worth $310. Not sure if that difference qualifies for Gruber's "Apple products — including iPhones in particular — hold their resale value far better than those of any competitors." Maybe they used to, but the reliability of Apple products isn't what it used to be, and this is reflected in their resale prices.
1:43 am — Thursday, 21 December 2017
2b1ask1:
Another "conspiracy theory" that is actually true.
3:52 am — Thursday, 21 December 2017
Ero:
> Apple products are designed to last longer than the industry standard, not less.

This much is true. One need only check the laughably short time Android handsets get official updates (must be all that data collection and spying the advertising company that makes them does).

But I smell a rat here.
4:36 am — Thursday, 21 December 2017
Paint the tires, ma!:
The problem is that Apple is doing this surreptitiously.

Why didn't they put an icon somewhere that said "throttling your processor due to our shitty battery not providing enough power?"

5:47 am — Thursday, 21 December 2017
hoopla:
"Are Benchmarking Slower"

Should be "Are Benchmarking As Slower".

Christ.
6:42 am — Thursday, 21 December 2017
KK:
After Apple admits to slowing down old phones intentionally and not telling anyone, Gruber spends three paragraphs talking about how Apple would never slow down phones intentionally cause their engineers are paragons of integrity and goodness.

Yet Uber found these "evil" engineers easily and apparently Google is full of elitist nerds who don't think the rules apply to them.

C'mon Grubby. Apple is full of ex-Google and Uber engineers. And vica versa. They are all the same.
1:08 pm — Thursday, 21 December 2017
anonymous:
That press release is really convoluted, by the way. Remember when Gruber used to brag about the clarity of Apple's press releases?
1:26 pm — Thursday, 21 December 2017
CockNBalls:
> Why didn't they put an icon somewhere that said "throttling your processor due to our shitty battery not providing enough power?"

Exactly this.
3:03 pm — Thursday, 21 December 2017
anonymous:
> Exactly this.

can you imagine the number of service calls they'd get if there was some notice like this?

on the other hand, maybe it would drive more battery replacements for them, and money.
6:48 pm — Thursday, 21 December 2017
Ero:
anonymous

> on the other hand, maybe it would drive more battery replacements for them, and money.

Exactly, that's what I don't get. Could also help to sell their "AppleCare" extended warranties.
10:21 am — Friday, 22 December 2017
anonymous:
> I think what Apple is doing here is a reasonable balance between trade-offs.

Shocker.
1:16 pm — Friday, 22 December 2017
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