Apple has admitted that it has slowed down older phones, but the tech giant says it has a good reason and it’s not just to push you into upgrading to the latest model.

The company says it started with the release of iOS 10.2.1.

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Apple told the folks at CNET that it was to prevent phones from shutting down.

“Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components.

Last year we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions.”

The same thing also happens with the iPhone 7 using iOS 11.2.

A lot of people have noticed slowdowns in their phone performance which seem to coincide with the release of new phone models. But the company insists it’s just because the batteries in older phones start to wear out and they’re just trying to make sure the phone continues to run smoothly by slowing it down.

Not everyone is buying that explanation. A class action suit has been filed against the company claiming that it’s just a ploy to force folks into upgrading.

What do you think? Necessary to keep phones up and running or a shady way to make you buy a new phone? Let us know in the comments.