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In early December, a report claimed that Apple intentionally slows down older iPhones in the iPhone 6/6s range with batteries that need to be replaced. Seiko Epson Corp. also faces a probe in France into suspected planned obsolescence.

The head of the Senate's commerce committe, Senator John Thune, has written to Apple's chief executive Tim Cook to demand an explanation for why Apple slowed down phones with flagging batteries and why it would not provide free batteries if older ones caused so much difficulty to devices.

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Apple's battery replacement program has run into a stock crisis, with new batteries for some iPhone models unlikely to be available until the start of Q2 2018 in the aftermath of the iOS slowdown controversy.

The company is the subject of several class-action lawsuits over the matter, including one filed in Los Angeles by Stefan Bogdanovich, an iPhone 8 user.

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Thune has requested answers from Apple by 23 January. The software was created to monitor for reduced peak power - a natural side-effect as lithium-ion batteries get older - that could cause problems if system-intensive apps and features demanded more from the iPhone's processor than there was power to deliver.

As reported by MacRumors, LA residents Stefan Bogdanovich and Dakota Speas have owned an iPhone 7 as well as a number of previous models, and noticed that their "older iPhone models slows (sic) down when new models come out". It even said that iPhone SE, iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 devices are a part of this and Apple plans to continue this for future devices as well. The company also apologized for how it has handled performance on iPhones with older batteries and how it has "communicated that process" to the public. This is iStore's out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacement, in accordance with the Apple scheme.

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"From what I can tell, Apple slows down phones when their battery gets too low, so you can still have a full days charge", wrote Reddit user TeckFire.

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