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Is Apple intentionally slowing down your old iPhone? Numbers say the truth

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Is Apple intentionally slowing down your old iPhone? Numbers say the truth 
The biggest question every iPhone users wants to know about, “does Apple slow down older iPhones to make you buy new ones?” This is the 1000-dollar question that every iPhone users want to know.





Many people talk about their experience with the phone before updating the device and after updating and many conclude it as a slower device.



The truth, at least according to the data provided by benchmarking company Futuremark, is that despite what you might feel on a day-to-day basis, your iPhone’s processor and graphics chip are as fast as the day you bought it.

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Futuremark collected more than 100,000 benchmarking tests, from the iPhone 5S to the iPhone 7, and averaged the performance of both the processor (CPU) and the graphics chip (GPU) once a month between April 2016 and September 2017 with different versions of Apple’s software from iOS 9 to iOS 11.



According to Futuremark: “iPhone 5S GPU performance has remained consistent from iOS 9 to iOS 11, with only minor variations that fall well within normal levels.”

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Processor performance was equally consistent leading Futuremark to conclude that “it is clear that iOS updates have not had a significant effect on performance”.



The graphics performance for the iPhone 6, 6S and 7 also remained consistent, while processor performance dipped slightly with successive iOS updates.






“The graphs for CPU performance show a very slight drop in performance over time – possibly due to minor iOS updates or other factors – but a user would be unlikely to notice this small difference in everyday use,” said Futuremark.



Talking about the support apple provide to an older version of the iPhone’s, Futuremark says, “Apple actually does a good job of supporting it's older devices with regular updates that maintain a consistent level of performance across iOS versions.”


The graphics below show the performance of the iPhone 5s over three versions of iOS.

CPU of iPhone 5S

CPU of iPhone 5S

GPU of iPhone 5S






GPU of iPhone 5S




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