Bad News: Tech giant APPLE has recently admitted that iOS phone updates are slowing down older models.
Good News, you and countless other iPhone users are not crazy. What you’ve been long suspecting is actually true.
If you’re one of many iPhone users who can’t afford to buy the latest $1000 cell phone every time a new model comes out, you’re subject to experience slower, deteriorating performance on your current model. Unfair, I know.
Does it apply to YOU?
Apple has stated that slower performance with iOS updates will affect iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE models running iOS 10.2.1 later.
Although, if you’re running iOS 11.2 or later, and you have an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus model, your phone will also be affected.
To check what version of iOS software your phone is currently running, follow these steps.
Click the settings icon in your iPhone, which looks like this;
Once you click settings, the settings interface will appear. Next, select “General”, followed by “About”, and the iOS system you are currently using will appear next to “Version”.
Are you affected? It may not be ALL bad news. Despite numerous complaints, heavy criticism, and multiple lawsuits filed against the company, Apple is insisting that these iOS updates and slowed performance changes were initiated with a different, positive goal in mind for users.
As you may or may not know, Apple uses lithium-ion batteries to power it’s iPhones. Unfortunately, these batteries degrade over time, which may cause older phones to automatically shut down front time to time, in order to “protect” it’s components. If you’ve ever experienced this, now you know why.
BUT why does this matter? Well, Apple says that it’s iOS software updates are designed to “smooth out” peak power demands (in other words, slow down performance) which they claim will prevent these “shutdowns” and effectively prolong the lifespan of aging, lithium-ion batteries. SO, Apple is basically saying they are doing this to give users longer usage and increase the overall lifespan of their older iPhone models.
“Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices.”
Regardless of the motive, it doesn’t change the fact that these updates will still lead to slow, disappointing speeds.
Will this negatively impact the tech giant in 2018? Many users are already claiming they will switch to smart phone rivals powered by the Android operating system. If you were looking for another reason to switch, this could be the deciding factor.