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Apple has admitted old iPhone batteries are slowing down performance for certain "high powered" apps and processes. Apple believes this will help prolong both the battery life and life of the device. Is diminished performance worth it though?
Here's a quick lesson about how the lithium-ion battery in your iPhone works.
After a certain amount of charge cycles the [battery's] designed charge capacity begins to drop. (One charge cycle is completed after you’ve discharged 100% of your battery’s capacity). After 200-300 charge cycles, approximately 80% charge remains. This means that even if you are charging your device to 100%, the battery is only giving you around 80%. At this point issues like rapid battery drain and “sluggish” app performance will become apparent.
Here's how to check your battery's condition:
Go to Settings > Battery and look for "Your iPhone battery may need to be serviced." If you do not see that warning but are still suspect of your battery or device performance, stop by your nearest iHospital and a trained technician can run a quick battery test for free.
iHospital can replace your battery with a fresh, new, Lithium-Ion battery. The repair comes with a guaranteed, industry standard, 90-Day Warranty. No appointment is necessary and the repair is usually completed in 30-45 minutes.* We'll also responsibly recycle the original battery after repair so it won't end up in a landfill.
*Turn around times vary by store, volume of repairs, and part availability.