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By Damilola Faustino

Apple has apologised for secretly slowing down older iPhone softwares, saying the action was necessary to avoid unexpected shutdowns related to battery ageing.


Many customers had interpreted the move as a way to for Apple to shoot up demand for newer iPhone models.

The company said on its website: “We have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades.” 

Apple also said it will cut the price of a battery replacement by $50 to $29 through next year. New batteries had previously cost $79 for those who didn’t purchase the Apple Care maintenance plan. The replacement plan begins in late January for anyone with an iPhone 6 or later that requires a new battery.

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