“If you’re holding an iPhone 5, an iPhone 4S, or worse, an iPhone 4, then things are about to get very bad for you, because Apple is preparing to release not only iOS 8, but a new iPhone model (or two) as well,” Andy Boxall reports for Digital Trends. “Some people want you to believe Apple is intentionally destroying its older products, but don’t listen to them. They’re the same people who think the British Royal family are lizards in disguise, or that planes deliberately spray us with noxious chemicals to make us sick. The notion of Apple purposely slows down old phones in the run up to a new launch is ludicrous.”
“Apple’s supposed love of killing older devices with its latest software is a story that comes up almost every year. In 2013, it was a piece in the New York Times that caused a stir, and the year before, it was Microsoft’s then new Head of Mobile, Terry Myerson who got everyone thinking Apple was out to hobble their phones using some heinous, Machiavellian technique,” Boxall reports. “Two-year old phones aren’t dinosaurs, but they’re certainly worried about any meteors headed their way. This year, it’s Harvard Ph.D student Laura Trucco who has kickstarted the conversation. She found more people search for ‘iPhone slow’ on Google right around the same time as Apple launches a new model. While she doesn’t take this as absolute proof of any devilish doings, rags like the Daily Mail certainly aren’t as cautious.”
“Apple, and every other tech firm, designs software to run on the latest hardware. It tailors its software to work on older devices, quite generously too, but that’s not the point,” Boxall reports. “Which would you prefer, software that pushes the brand new model you paid $600 for really hard, or a please-all, watered-down version that keeps those too cheap to buy the new phone happy? App developers do the same thing. They write apps which take advantage of new hardware, therefore older phones struggle. You don’t have to download them.”
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