One of the reasons I spent a stupid amount of money on an iPhone X (and believe me, I still feel shame) was because my trusty 6S was getting slower and slower. I attributed that just to an aging device with an older processor that wasn’t able to keep up with newer versions of iOS. Can’t do much about that, right?
Eventually, I just gave up on the 6S and splashed out for an X.
Now we know the truth. There was nothing wrong with my phone. Apple has admitted to deliberately slowing down older iPhones.
Apple says it does slow down older models but only as a way of protecting battery performance. Lithium ion batteries get tired after a while and don’t hold their charges as long. This had become a problem with my 6S; I was getting many six hours from a 100% charge-up. That played a big part in my decision to by an X.
From the BBC:
The practice was confirmed after a customer shared performance tests on Reddit, suggesting their iPhone 6S had slowed down considerably as it had aged but had suddenly sped up again after the battery had been replaced.
“I used my brother’s iPhone 6 Plus, and his was faster than mine? This is when I knew something was wrong,” wrote TeckFire.
Technology website Geekbench then analysed several iPhones running different versions of the iOS operating system and found some of them did indeed appear to have been deliberately slowed down.
Apple’s response? “We’re just prolonging the life of older devices by making them less power-hungry. We’re not doing this as a way to encourage people to upgrade.”
Uh-huh. Like they didn’t take into account the possible side effects of slowing down older phones…