Apple has recently released its latest software update, iOS 11, which received plenty of positive feedback. The update brought dozens of new features, which are meant to improve the user experience and to ease one’s interaction with the device. However, it might not work as well on older iPhones as it does on the new ones, so users have started thinking Apple might be doing it on purpose.
Benchmarks show no slowing down in older iPhones
iOS 11, together with the latest devices iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, have received a lot of praise and admiration from both fans and critics. However, owners of older iPhone generations are a little reluctant to upgrade their devices to newer versions. This might cost them some speed, as they always notice how each software upgrade makes their phones slower.
The situation led to some theories, suggesting that Apple deliberately slows down older iPhones to convince users to buy new ones. Therefore, Futuremark, a benchmarking company, decided to look into the problem and reveal the truth. It studied the CPUs and GPUs of all kinds of iPhones, both old and new, and discovered no change whatsoever, even when updated to the latest software version.
The reality might be a little different from statistics
They have been assessing the performance continuously since iOS 9 and discovered only minor changes, which can easily be accounted for. These changes are hardly noticeable during everyday use, so there are slight chances that Apple has staged a conspiracy to get everybody up-to-date to the latest hardware.
However, benchmarking might be only one side of the story, the theoretical one. Even if the CPU shows no sign of slowing down, older iPhones aren’t always compatible with the newest software versions. If you own quite an old device, it might not work so perfectly with the latest update, it’s better to be careful what apps you use and what you need installed on your phone. By taking care of your software, you can secure its well-functioning.
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