It's Now A Proven Fact That Your iPhone Slows Drastically When A New One Is Released.

Posted by Michael Avery in Science and Technology On 16th November 2017

With each new iPhone that Apple releases the number of people who complain that their older iPhones slow down to a snail's pace just seems to continually grow.

Just looking at the most recent data in the time between the release of the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X there has been a 50% increase in the amount of Google searches for "iPhone slow." This can't be a coincidence. Can it?


A nefarious plot to keep you buying new phones?

So many people believe that these tech slowdowns exist that many think it is done intentionally to cripple your older device and force you to purchase a new one every couple of years. This particular kind of conspiracy theory is called "planned obsolescence."

It's a myth. It doesn't exist and while tech slowdowns absolutely happen all the time, the reason for this is not nearly as nefarious as conspiracy theorists would have you believe. It all comes down to simple advances in software.


Let's break it down for you.

According to former Microsoft program manager Greg Raiz: “There’s no incentive for operating system companies to create planned obsolescence. It’s software, and software has various degrees of production bugs and unintended things that happen.”

So this is what happens: A tech company such as Microsoft or Apple brings out new hardware. When they do, they often bring out software upgrades for their OS. Case in point, shortly before Apple released the iPhone 8 they released the iOS 11 software update to all of their older phones such as the iPhone 5S which is pretty old as you know. You might be able to guess where this is going.


The hardware struggles to run the new software.

From a technical standpoint, upgrading your os to a new one is a very complicated task. During this process, there are bound to be problems with the new software interacting with the old hardware.

According to former Microsoft manager Scott Berkun: “It’s like changing the plumbing of the house without changing anything else.

Lucky for you tech companies don't intentionally hinder your devices so they do offer some nifty tips for extending the life of your hardware once it's become slow. Check out this guide for speeding up your older devices.

You can start all over.

It may seem like a very simple process to just press that "update" button and magically upgrade your device but it's far from the best way to do it.

To ensure things run smoothly you should always backup your important data and then wipe the device fully before you upgrade. Mr. Raiz says that a clean install is much more reliable because most testing was done on clean devices.

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