Futuremark Debunks the Myth that Apple Slows Down Older iPhones With Updates

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The belief that Apple purposely slows down older iPhones with iOS updates is one of the oldest tropes thrown around by Apple critics. They almost universally believe that this is done to bait less sophisticated users into upgrading to newer iPhone models more often than they might otherwise. Considering that Apple typically offers three or four years of iOS updates for any given device, this is about the only straw the haters can grasp at when it comes to Apple and upgrades, especially in comparison to the inconsistent availability of Android updates for many devices.

This article by Futuremark, which was written in response to anecdotal evidence from Google searches to bolster the old conspiracy theory, puts all of the cards on the table and gets into the actual facts that surround iOS upgrades with older devices. They gathered the cumulative test scores for the iPhones 5S, 6, 6S, and 7 that have been gathered over time with their widely-used free 3DMark benchmarking app. The results show remarkably little slowdown to either the CPUs or GPUs of older devices after upgrades. Take a look at some of their performance graphs for yourself.

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It’s one thing for Apple to say something like this. It isn’t much different for someone like me to say it, no matter how objectively I may attempt to look at the facts. However, it is night and day different when an independent organization that specializes in benchmarking and testing says it using years of accumulated hard data. Thanks to Futuremark, maybe we can put this one long-running Apple myth to bed.

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