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Older iPhone Models Become Faster if You Change Device Region to France: Report

Apple slows down older iPhone handsets as their batteries age to prevent unexpected shutdowns. The company hadn’t disclosed this when it first started doing it and faced much outrage when it was discovered. It apologized, offered reduced-price battery replacements, and gave users control of this so-called Performance Management feature. Now, a report claims that in part due to the lawsuit Apple lost in France over iPhone slowdowns, the company appears to be disabling Performance Management on older iPhone models if the device’s region is set to the country, making them run smoother and faster.

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According to the report by MyDrivers (in Chinese), users of older iPhone models, such as the iPhone 7, were reporting increased performance after changing the region to France. The publication could also replicate a jump in AnTuTu benchmark performance on their iPhone 7 model, which had degraded battery health (81 percent). But running a similar test on the new iPhone 12 Pro with 100 percent battery health made no difference, as per the report. However, it does correlate the increased performance with the removal of Performance Management. However, it is not sure if that’s all that changes when the device’s region is changed.

Instead of changing regions, we recommend users who want a performance improvement on older models simply turns off Performance Management via the Battery section in Settings. However, do note this may cause unexpected shutdowns.

Apple’s iPhone slowdown practice first came to light in December 2017, and the company apologized for how the move was rolled out but denied that the slowdown of the older phones was a ploy to spur sales of new models. It also reduced the price of replacement batteries and introduced a system to allow users to see the battery’s health.

After an inquiry, the French competition watchdog DGCCRF fined Apple EUR 25 million (roughly Rs. 218.32 crores) in February 2020 for failing to let users know that updating their devices’ software could result in slow performance.

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