Apple says it’s true, your old iPhone is getting slower.

The company confirmed Wednesday that older models get slow with age. Apple says the “slowdowns” are a deliberate effort to keep older phones running longer as the battery wears down. A statement from Apple says lithium-ion batteries have a low charge as they age, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components. The company said last year it released a feature for iPhone 6, 6s and SE to help avoid such blackouts.

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