Is Apple Slowing Down Older iPhones So You Buy a New One?
You’ve perhaps noticed what lurks in the shadow of every big iPhone release - various types of conspiracies regarding the new product and how it will affect consumers.
It’s a symptom of our age, assuming the worst possible version for a set of outcomes, especially if said outcomes are purported by giant multi-billion dollar corporations.
Not to be misunderstood though, screening everything with a critical eye is an approach that places value not only on the importance of the spirit of observation but also on the difference it makes working with accurate and relevant information.
But where are we supposed to draw the line between doing thinking of our own and seeing something where there is nothing? The answer to this lies in the number of questions we ask. The more we inquire, the closer to being skeptical we are.
By contrast, the more time we spend coming up with scenarios to fill narrative holes for the simple purpose of having a complete story at any cost, the closer we are to fall for deceptive approaches.
What does the public say?
What about massive enterprises slowing down their product’s software performance as a calculated move so that consumers will have no other choice but to buy a new generation of items?
If you’ve somehow come across news concerning product releases, then your eyes definitely also landed on a few headlines deconstructing said company’s schemes and ulterior motives surrounding the new release.
And perhaps there’s not a more popular sphere for this to happen than smartphones. Why? Well, realistically, because of the huge numbers of people that use them, and, therefore, all the varied kinds of attention it attracts.
‘Whenever a new iPhone drops, mine will stop working properly weeks prior the release’ is something that you might hear the average millennial say, or “They don’t make them like they used to” could be the all-too-familiar go-to phrase a beloved grandparent might utter to express just how disappointed they are that new technology isn’t as resistant as what manufacturers used to deliver back in the days.
What do they both have in common? The covert feeling of being robbed of a proper experience with the product they paid for with their hard-earned money.
The fact that such an idea is supported across generations is a clear testimony of the weight it carries. This is something that a great number of people believe in but can anything at all be considered fact-based?
The question on everyone’s mind is - are companies really slowing down older iPhone models?
The short answer is yes.
But companies have been compelled to do this in order to keep these models functioning and up-to-date with modern apps, and not because of some nefarious purpose or unscrupulous intent.
This process was done through a software update that was meant to control a battery issue common among previous models. However, consumers were indeed left in the dark about it initially - which was the root of the controversy.
Put simply, the reason giants like Apple have been slowing down older models is because worn out batteries (that have their health below 80%) do not perform as sharply as those with new batteries and can swarm their users with software errors when using new apps.
For instance, a two-year-old phone that has its battery capacity down to 75% won’t be as stable as one with a brand new battery and won’t be able to run many of the newer applications on the market.
In other words, this change was done by companies in order to keep older models alive and running smoothly even when using new and more demanding applications. Without this intervention, older phones would just crash.
Moreover, a battery replacement was reported to solve this issue and significantly improve performance. While there was a lot of fuss and suspicion surrounding this slowdown, it certainly was relatively easy and quick to fix.
It’s important to note that, as apps and software are always evolving, eventually any old phone will not perform at the level it used to, even with a new battery. But replacing the battery on your device is still a great solution for extending your phone’s lifespan and maximizing its performance.
Are companies deliberately slowing down older iPhone models? Yes - but the reason behind it is not at all sketchy or underhanded, despite what tabloids would have their unsuspecting readers believe.
Here are a few things we can tell you for certain about the theory that a company like Apple will intentionally slow down their older iPhone models to get people to buy newer ones.
What are the facts?
The facts might not be as exciting as your wild imagination would like them to be, but they remain, nonetheless, facts. That being said, a great place to start understanding all these very trendy Apple-related conspiracies is in comprehending the relationship between old devices and new upgrades from a functionality angle.
Not that we want to put you in a negative headspace but simply think about those instances in which you start getting the much-dreaded lack of storage notifications on your phone whenever there seems to be a new update on the way.
Furthermore, keep in mind that getting those types of notifications can only happen for so long on a certain device before it becomes frustrating to use.
What we can also tell you regarding this matter is that big companies have been and continue to be kept in check when it comes to marketing their products and engaging the public.
In this sense, it is no coincidence at all that countries such as France and Italy have launched investigations scrutinizing the behavior toward users from the part of giants such as Apple as well as Samsung.
The main drive behind the inquiry? Taking concrete, transparent and legal steps to ensure that planned obsolescence isn’t a thing, which is more than any conspiracy theorist on the internet has done to prove their respective points.
Despite the quite general sense of worry that a company like Apple is intentionally slowing down your iPhone so that you buy the newer version they’re pushing on the market, it looks like there isn’t much evidence supporting such views.
But if there is one thing to learn is simply to not unquestioningly adhere to the unchecked opinions of the masses since sometimes misinformation can escape the little clique within which it was bred, reach the large collective and from there shape and stir the general opinion.
Speaking of misinformation, we, like many of you, are not fans of it. In this sense, we take action to inform you about many things related to your phone performance getting as technical as walking you through an iPhone battery replacement. 😁