You suspected it, and you were right.

Apple has finally admitted that they slowed older phones in a statement that addressed performance issues that many have complained about for years now.

Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices. 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. We’ve now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future.

So basically, they're telling us that they're slowing down our phones to protect us in the long run? A lot of Apple customers have long suspected the slow performance as a tactic to get consumers to buy the latest phone, but now that Apple has all but confirmed that to be true, some are taking legal action.

I can't really blame those looking to get paid, especially if they dropped hundreds to thousands of dollars on upgrades in order to continue to enjoy their iPhone experience.

I will also say, I've always upgraded to the latest phone—mainly to enjoy the new features, but partially to avoid the frustration and aggravation that I would always see fellow iPhone users go through when they opted to avoid the upgrade—so I can't really say I would have any reason to join in on a class action lawsuit of any kind.

What about you? Have you fallen victim to Apple's intentional slowing of their smartphones? If so, how much do you think you have spent on upgrades? Would you ever sue?

[via ABC]