I’m sure most people would probably choose that option. Unfortunately, Apple enabled the throttling silently and didn’t ever tell the user the slowdown was related to battery health. This left the user with the impression that the only option was to buy a new device. Only Apple knows for sure whether that decision was deliberate. But, given the enormous financial upside of pushing people to buy new phones over battery replacements, I’m inclined to think it was. Even if a user managed to detect the silent throttling and then managed to link it to a degraded battery, there is still a chance that Apple would have refused to replace it. Apple only will replace a battery that has degraded to 80% capacity. However the benchmark tests have shown the throttling kicks in before the battery degrades to that point. So, the user is forced to either accept degraded performance, seek out an unauthorized third party repair, or, you guessed it, buy a new device. The issue here is NOT the throttling. By all accounts it is the “least bad” solution to the valid engineering problem of how to handle a phone with an older battery. The issue is the fact that Apple didn’t tell the user what it was doing and also structured its battery replacement policy in such a way as to push the user toward a new device instead of a battery replacement. If this was really about ensuring the best user experience, Apple would have been upfront about it. But they kept it quiet until they were caught.