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Is Apple Deliberately Slowing Your Old iPhone To Force You To Upgrade?

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Velma Reese | 09 October, 2017, 23:39

Starting in 2016 Futuremark tested out a number of devices with a number of different tests, the picture below shows the GPU performance of Apple's iPhone 5s.

The same tests were carried out on the iPhone 6, 6s, and 7.

New versions of iOS and apps that roll out after a newer iPhone's release may simply not be optimised to work as well on processors inside older iPhone models. There's also the possibility that your mind is playing tricks on you, making you think your iPhone slowed down to help justify the decision to buy that shiny new model Apple just announced. The data collected was used to develop performance comparison charts to find out whether the complaints from users about their old iPhone slowing could actually be correlated with real performance drops across iOS 9, iOS 10, and iOS 11.

CPU performance did decline in the results, but only slightly, and the graph leveled off from May 2017 onward. It does, however, concede that updates might add new features that use more resources or require more processing power, which might affect "people's perception of performance".

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With this in mind, it's understandable why older iPhones can slow down when new iPhones roll out.

That's because as smartphones get more powerful and more capable with each new release, apps and services are also updated. The Facebook app is a flawless example of this.

Futuremark, in fact says that Apple is doing a good job in maintaining the performance of the older iPhones across the iOS versions by providing them with regular updates.

As we can see from the tests, Apple does not intentionally slow down older devices when they release a new version of their software.

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