According to a new analysis of Apple iPhone data, iPhones’ functionality becomes inferior with newer iOS updates in case users don’t replace the battery. Despite the fact that the reason for Apple iPhone slow down is uncertain, the head researcher behind the analysis thinks it perhaps a behavior implemented by Apple to protect older batteries.
Digging a little deeper into the matter, Geekbench founder John Poole has recently made up his mind to do some testing by evaluating system performance on the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7, running a variety of iOS iterations. It has been found that the iPhone 6S running on iOS 10.2 performed well, but when some devices upgraded from iOS 10.2 to iOS 10.2.1 in January 2017, they started to steadily perform worse. The same Apple iPhone slow down was seen on iPhone 6S running iOS 11.2.
On the other hand, the case is quite similar to iPhone 7 as well. Though the device’s performance remained the same under iOS 10.2.0, iOS 10.2.1, and iOS 11.2.0, it started slowing down after an upgrade to iOS 11.2.0.
Some reports suggest that smartphones include lithium batteries that are intended to last up to 500 charges. Once batteries start to age, users find themselves in a vicious circle as they need to charge the grown-up batteries more often. However, charging batteries more often also causes them to age faster. Also, aging batteries may not have the capability to support more complex processors since they produce less current.
For sure, iPhones aren’t the only smartphones that slow down as their batteries grow old. As per some recent reports, this is just a fact of smartphones; operating system updates can be hard on grown-up hardware. Also, new versions of apps may run slower on older hardware. This issue has an effect on all smartphones, no matter whether you’re using Android or iPhone.
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However, John Poole who wrote the entire report on Apple iPhone slow down suggests that the degradation in performance is not only due to worse battery performance. He writes,
“The difference between 10.2.0 and 10.2.1 is too abrupt to be just a function of battery condition. I believe (as do others) that Apple introduced a change to limit performance when battery condition decreases past a certain point.”
Apple didn’t give a response to Poole’s findings yet. In accordance with Poole, the data spills the beans that iPhones’ processor performance trims down with new upgrades to mark failing battery. In a nutshell, Apple is apparently restraining system performance in the interest of enhanced battery life.
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