In response to the iPhone slowdown controversy, two of Apple’s biggest rivals have released statements about whether they follow a similar practice. As expected, Apple appears to be the only high profile company that throttles older devices.
“Never have, never will,” LG said in a succinct statement to Phone Arena. “We care what our customers think.”
Samsung added, “We do not reduce CPU performance through software updates over the lifecycles of the phone.”
The statements ere closely to similar remarks from Motorola and HTC, both of which said they don’t throttle older devices.
According to Apple, the company has never intentionally shortened the lifespan of any of its products, nor has it slowed down its devices in an effort to surreptitiously encourage people to upgrade.
“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,” Apple said in a letter this week.
The controversy initially arose after a number of users discovered evidence that suggested Apple was slowing down old iPhones. Apple confirmed the practice, saying it did so in an effort to preserve a phone’s performance as batteries aged.
The situation is a double-edged sword—at least the way Apple describes it. Either slow older iPhones down or keep devices fast but risk random shutdowns. The latter could pose a problem in an emergency.
For its part, Apple said it will offer battery replacements for the iPhone 6 and newer for just $29.