No, Apple does not purposely slow down older iPhones with iOS updates to spur new model sales

“Last week, a story went viral that claimed Apple was intentionally slowing down older iPhones to push people to buy its latest models,” Futuremark reports. “The claim was based on data which shows Google searches for ‘iPhone slow’ spiking dramatically with the release of each new model.”

“And while plenty of reputable sites debunked the logic of that claim, no one looked at actual performance data to tell the true story,” Futuremark reports. “Fortunately, we have plenty of real-world data we can use. Since 2016, we have collected more than a hundred thousand benchmark results for seven different iPhone models across three different versions of iOS.”

“These benchmark results provide a unique insight into the everyday performance of each iPhone model over time,” Futuremark reports. “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.”

Read more in the full article – recommendedhere.

MacDailyNews Take: Sorry, conspiracy theorists, there’s no conspiracy here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. Was speaking to a salesperson a bit back who had his own iPhone and a company iPhone and he was griping about one working better than the other. I asked when the last time he rebooted either phone and he had no idea what I was talking about. Next I asked him when was the last time he’d synced the phones and created a backup, he’d never done it and never realized his data was at jeopardy.

    I wonder how many people are griping when they’ve never ever done the most basic modicum of maintenance to their iPhone.

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