For years, many people have believed that iPhones get slower whenever a newer one comes out. However, a new study has been released that explains the real reason why iPhones get slower.
In the study, researchers compared the performance of different iPhones over a course time and found that all of them behaved consistently, whether the device was an older model or a newer model. This was based on 100,000 benchmark results that featured iPhone models ranging from the iPhone 5s to the iPhone 7 running iOS 9, iOS 10, and iOS 11. According to Futuremark, the “iPhone 5S GPU performance has remained consistent from iOS 9 to iOS 11, with only minor variations that fall well within normal levels.” The graphics performance remained the same for the iPhone 6, 6S, and 7 but there was a slight drop with the processor performance when the devices updated to a newer iOS version.
“The graphs for CPU performance show a very slight drop in performance over time – possibly due to minor iOS updates or other factors – but a user would be unlikely to notice this small difference in everyday use,” said Futuremark.
“Our benchmarking data shows that, rather than intentionally degrading the performance of older models, Apple actually does a good job of supporting its older devices with regular updates that maintain a consistent level of performance across iOS versions,”
This study was released in a response to a blog that suggested Apple slows down older model iPhones in order for users to buy a newer model after it’s released. The blog based its results on a 2014 study by a Harvard economics student, who Googled searched trends to investigate ‘planned obsolescence.’ The student found that ‘iPhone slow’ searches rose shortly after Apple released a newer model.
Even though Apple has not intentionally slowed down iPhones, it has been noted that most people feel that their iPhone became slower. Some people may feel this way since apps are being updated to offer more complex features for newer devices, which ultimately leads to apps performing worse over time on older models since the handset has to do more to launch and run the app.