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Friday, 19 January 2018

What do you prefer for your iPhone: More performance or more battery?

Tim Cook has spoken, and when the CEO of Apple pronounces, the bread goes up . And is that lately Cook has accustomed us to such controversial statements as when he said that " Apple was not for the rich " or pay $ 999 for the iPhone X was almost "a bargain . " But this time he has reiterated his apologies for the batterygate and has ensured that with iOS 11.3 users will have the possibility to choose between performance or battery life .

And as we have said several times, the batterygate itself is not a bug or a failure , but the best possible measure to safeguard the integrity of our phone and ensure an optimal user experience, ie, avoiding sudden blackouts and with certain autonomy. The problem is that Apple decided to take this measure without consulting the users, and it is precisely this lack of transparency that bothers most.

Well, now it will not be like this: there will be a function that allows us to choose how we want our phone to age. As the Apple expert Guilherme Rambo anticipated, it will probably look similar to this one:

    Apple would never do this. It would be cool tho.
    - Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) December 21, 2017

So now we consider: What will one option or another be like? Which one will you choose? What does it mean to bet on performance to the detriment of the battery? And backwards?

Maximize battery performance and lower processor performance

Come on, exactly what Apple does now with your iPhone . As the batteries lose their capacity, there comes a time when they can not supply enough power to the device, something that would cause your iPhone to shut down.

So the idea of ​​Apple is that the iPhone chip works at a lower frequency, so that our battery provides power properly, without spikes. As a result, our iPhone will go slower and as time passes and new updates come out, we will notice more and more lag

On the other hand, the battery will continue to reduce its autonomy over time as with any other electronic device and sooner or later we will have to go with the charger or power bank everywhere. However, we can always replace it. Of course, beyond 2018 the prices will be the same as always: 89 euros.
Maximize chip performance at the cost of battery life

As we use our iPhone and depleting charging cycles, the battery loses capacity and as we have explained before, there will be times of overload of processes in which it will not be able to supply the iPhone with energy . In that instant, our iPhone will turn off. It may happen from time to time, but if we are intensive users and use several apps at the same time, it could occur with some frequency.

Fortunately we enjoyed the full speed of our chip, a real beast when it hit the market and a great performance for several years. At the end of the day, Apple optimizes its components to the maximum and the benchmarks demonstrate this .

But the clock plays against us : whatever you do, your phone slows down with the passage of time . Future updates, daily use and component deterioration cause your mobile to become obsolete. And is that if for example you have an iPhone 6 that is great but was not designed for ARKit, you will notice it when you use an Augmented Reality app.

Of course, as the chip and the hardware components go out of date, they will collapse further, something that together with a much-demanded battery will produce even more blackouts . And not only that: we can not ignore that a sudden blackout is not good for the components, so the risk of breakdown will increase.

As we said before, you can always replace the battery for 89 euros , but it will not stop deterioration or obsolescence.


The conclusion is that there are no conclusions. Or yes: we have lost the race of time and sooner or later we will have to go to the store to another mobile . Experience tells us that a slow iPhone is exasperating, but so is an iPhone that shuts down every second.

If Apple opted to safeguard the battery by reducing performance, I tend to think that it is because it considers it the best solution from the point of view of the user experience and the protection of the integrity of the iPhone . But since iOS 11.3, you will decide. 

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