People on the Internet are locating their iPhones in France, despite not being there, in an effort to speed up their devices. “Hack”, which has received a lot of attention on Reddit and other social media networks, claims that it prevents the slowing down of devices seen on much older iPhones. Why? Well, according to a report by GizChina, all of this has led to fines being imposed on competition observer Apple in 2020. Last year the company was fined 25 million euros ($27 million) for intentionally slowing down older devices that consumers had to crawl to install the update.
Apple confirmed in 2017 that they are slowing down older devices, noting that it is to increase the performance of lithium-ion batteries with age. “Electronic components require a minimum voltage to function properly,” the company wrote on its website, explaining that older batteries are less capable of delivering the required charge for newer systems it operates. “When operations with full power management capabilities can no longer be supported, the system will perform a shutdown to save these electronic components. Although this shutdown is intentional from the device’s point of view, it may be unexpected by the user.”
And so when users downloaded an upgrade to their older model iPhone (the company says it changed from the iPhone 8) they were downloading software that would slow down their phone, to prevent these shutdowns and other battery issues, causing some firms to have planned obsolescence. To be accused of being involved with. Following GizChina’s report, Internet users believe that Apple has stopped this throttling of performance in the country since the lawsuit was filed in France, and so setting the region of your own old iPhone in France will disable the slowdown. To do this, you need to:
- Tap View Account
- Tap Country/Region
- Select France
- Open Settings
- Tap on your name and enter password (or place your thumb on the reader)
- Tap Media & Purchases
“Additionally, users can see that the Performance Management feature, which dynamically manages maximum performance to prevent unexpected shutdowns, is turned on and may choose to turn it off.” Changing your country to a new iPhone is of course meaningless, but it can make you feel a bit fancy.