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Old iPhone Slowing Down? Data Suggests It's All in Your Head

12 October, 2017, 01:01 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Apple iOS 11 is coming to iPhone and iPad

Apple in particular has been accused of callously damaging performance of older iPhones with new software updates to gently "encourage" upgrades.

Mirror for Samsung TV runs only on newer iPhones (from iPhone 6S onwards), any iPad Pro and recent iPads (from the 5th generation onwards) which run iOS 11.

One of the main drivers behind the original myth was the fact that Google searches for the term "iphone slow" tend to become more frequent around the time a new iPhone is released.

The research was conducted by Futuremark, a Finnish company that makes an app created to test out the performance of devices.

"At WWDC 2017, Apple announced that they have extended the functionality of the ReplayKit framework", explains Demid Borodin, co-founder and Director of Video Technology. Mobile security firm Wandera took a survey with 50000 iPhone and iPad user and come up with data that suggests iOS 11 is a battery killer.

According to Futuremark, raw iPhone performance metrics are remarkably consistent across multiple years and iOS versions.

The company also measured CPU performance and found a very slight drop in performance over time, but this difference is so small it is unlikely to be noticeable in everyday use.

Just like in previous iOS updates, the MovieBox++ app can still be installed on iOS 11 iPhone and iPad devices without issues.

"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", the report concludes. Of course, newer models will be faster and more efficient than older ones, but in reality, your old iPhone is no slower than it was before the new one was released.

But for some users, the MovieBox++ app is way much better than the original one since it allows them to experience more than the original app through the modifications. If they still feel like their phone is dragging, though, try to determine if there is some other factor that may be slowing down their device. Using its own 3DMark free benchmarking app, it conducted over 100,000 tests for seven different phone models across three versions of iOS - 9, 10, and 11. 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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