Students react to Apple slowing down phones


Kainoa Nunez

Backlash spreads over Apple Inc. slowing down iPhones. And students are complaining about their service.

Apple Inc. announced on Jan. 24 that a later version of the iOS 11.3 update will allow users to turn off the feature that slows down phone performance.

Apple admitted to slowing down the performance of their phones to preserve the life of its batteries in a statement made to several news publications on Dec. 20.

“Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love, and making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that,” according to the Dec. 28.

The company said that customers began to notice changes in their iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S devices during the fall after the iOS 10.2.1 and 11.2.0 updates took place, according to a statement released on their website on Dec. 28.

They also said that customers were experiencing “slower performance in certain situations” and concluded that was the result of chemical aging batteries.

There were a few students who weren’t happy about the sudden changes in their iPhones.

“I went and got my phone diagnosed,” said Sarah Cundiff, a 23-year-old TV production major. “They said the battery got diminished.”

She further pointed out that she had her iPhone 6S for a year and found out that her battery diminished by 18 percent.

Students like 32-year-old health and sports science major Nicole Billmeyer said that she thought this controversy was “garbage.”

“It upsets me because I have to charge my phone more now,” Billmeyer said.

Other students, however, weren’t surprised.

“Companies do what benefits them,” said Zumera Khan, a 19-year-old health sciences major.

Khan further said that the company did this in an attempt to get customers to buy their latest iPhone models.

“They want people to buy their newest phones,” Khan said.

However, students like 19-year-old Cyrus Ellersik, a student with an undeclared major, said that customers should have seen this coming.

“They would know batteries deteriorate over time,” Ellersik said.

Apple Inc. dropped the price of replacement batteries from $79 to $29, according to their website.

“They should have made the replacements free,” Cundiff said.

The company revealed on Jan. 24 that a later version of the iOS 11.3 update will allow users to turn off the feature that slows down the phone.

Despite the backlash from customers, there are still people like Billmeyer who will continue to buy Apple products even after this controversy.

“I don’t like change,” Billmeyer said.

Cundiff said that she still sees herself buying another Apple phone, as well.

However, Elizabeth Shafer, a 25-year-old animal biology major, said that she dislikes the company even more after this incident.

There are no known dates as to when the update that would allow users to turn off the feature that slows down the phone will be available.