When does my iPhone battery need replacing?

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You may have noticed in the news that as Apple phones get older their performances is deliberately slowed down in order to minimise crashes.

Yes, it's no longer a conspiracy - your phone does get slower as it ages.

In order to compensate their customers from late January Apple will offer discounted rates to have their battery replaced, giving a new lease of life to their older model phones.

The Mirror reports that Apple will replace an iPhone 6 battery or later for the price of £25.

However, it's not always obvious when your battery is on its last legs. Sometimes there could just be a technical fault with the device which causes it to shut down unexpectedly.

So, instead of throwing away money there are two very easy things you can do to figure out how much life your battery actually has left.

According to Adrian Kingsley-Hughes of ZDNet, the first thing to do is purchase the app CPU DasherX for 99p.

The app reportedly generates a "CPU frequency" which will provide you with a report on how well you iPhone's processor is currently working.

Picture:Picture: CPU DasherX/ App Store

From there all you need to do is check what phone your speed should be running at, something which is easily done using a Google search.

If they both match up then your battery is fine. If not, then sadly you've got a few problems.

The second recommended method requires you to use the third-party software known as coconut Battery, which comes with a 14-day free trial.

Once you've hooked it up to your iPhone through a computer (unfortunately this is only available on Mac) it will allow you to access the metrics and current status of your battery.

ZDNet report that the three things you should be looking out for are: Design capacity, Full charge capacity, and cycle count.

The article states that if the full charge capacity is less than 80 per cent then the battery is considered to be worn out.

Another indicator of the battery's fragility is if the cycle count for recharging the battery has exceeded 500, which is more than Apple recommends.

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