Manzana was the protagonist of a strong controversy when confirming in 2017 that purposely slowed down your older devices to increase the performance of lithium-ion batteries as they age. Nevertheless, a simple change of region to Franceis capable of returning old cell phones to the speed of the past.
The Cupertino people explained four years ago that the electronic components of their flagship smartphones require a minimum voltage to function properly.
According to the tech giant, when operations can no longer support the full capabilities of the power management system, the system will shut down to preserve these electronic components. While this procedure is intentional from a device perspective, it may be unexpected to the user.
In this way, when users download updates to their older iPhone models -at least in versions prior to iPhone 8- they installed software that would slow down their phones to avoid these blackouts and other battery problems.
IPhone batteries drop in performance over time. Photo: AFP
But unlike what happened in the rest of the Manzanita teams on the planet, this procedure would not occur in France.
The middle GizChina explains that everything is due to a fine imposed on Apple by the French competition control body in 2020.
The company was sanctioned with 25 million euros (almost $ 30 million)by deliberately slow down devices older, without making it clear to consumers that installing updates would slow down the phone’s performance.
The company commanded by Tim Cook had to face a millionaire fine in France for its iPhones. Photo: AFP.
Following this theory, in the social network Reddit they say that from the lawsuit in France, Apple stopped this performance slowdown in the country, so setting the region of your old iPhone to France will disable the slowdown.
That said, and although in theory it could work, it is worth remembering that the change could, as Apple explains, cause battery problems and unexpected shutdowns.
On newer phones running the version of the iOS 11.3 operating system and higher, Apple has battery status settings that report if its status is degraded over time and if it needs to be replaced.
Apple announced changes to the App Store
The Cupertino, California, company announced on Thursday a series of “changes” to its App Store virtual store, as part of an agreement to settle a class action lawsuit filed against him by American developers.
In a statement, Apple indicated that it will allow developers to communicate directly to their users the payment methods outside the App Store.
Apple noted that, “as always,” developers they won’t pay a commission for the sales they make outside their virtual store.
A court ruling benefited app developers in the App Store. Photo: AP.
The agreement, which is subject to the approval of a federal judge, further states that Apple will create a fund to help small American developers.
This bag will benefit those who have earned 1 million dollars or less in each calendar year from the sale in the App Store and have maintained an account in the virtual store between June 4, 2015 and April 26, 2020. According to Apple, this covers “99% of developers in America.”
The commission that Google and Apple (the two main owners of application stores for cell phones and other devices) charge developers every time an Internet user makes a purchase is the reason for a tough confrontation between the latter and the technological giants, and even went to court.
A few months ago, both companies decided reduce your commission from 30% to 15%, although that percentage depends on the amount billed annually by the developers.
Epic Games, owner of the Fortnite video game, sued Apple in August 2020. Photo: REUTERS.
Epic games, owner of the popular video game Fortnite, sued Apple in August last year for alleged anti-competitive practices after the iPhone company withdrew its application from the App Store in retaliation for Epic’s new payment policy, which precisely prevented the payment of this 30 %.
Epic accused the technology of being acting as a monopolist and hurting consumers with higher prices and lack of alternatives, while Apple defends itself by ensuring that it competes freely with alternatives such as Google Play.