Regular people posting their observations of what fixed their iPhones on Reddit may have just solved the problem of older models running slower.
The iPhone users realized simply changing an iPhone’s battery could solve the slowness problem: and this led a tech expert to conclude that Apple might be purposefully restricting the processing speed on phones with older batteries.
John Poole of Geek Den saw the Reddit posts discussing the battery changing solution, and says hestudied the results and confirmed them to be true.
While we expect battery capacity to decrease as batteries age, we expect processor performance to stay the same. However, users with older iPhones with lower-than-expected Geekbench 4 scores have reported that replacing the battery increases their score (as well as the performance of the phone).
John Poole says he found clear variations in speed between the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 that run on different versions of Apple operating systems, analyzing the kernel density of “Geekbench 4 single-core scores.”
Apparently a typical distribution of speed should show one big peak: iPhones of the same model usually get about the same score. However, “the benchmark distributions of iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, and iPhone 7 units running any version of iOS newer than 10.2.1 had multiple peaks,” according toBusiness Insider. So a software limitation is implied: it looks like certain devices were being restricted to a slower processing speed.
According to Gizmodo:
After looking at benchmark numbers for iPhone 6s models running different versions of iOS, the Geekbench team observed that while scores were consistently high on iPhones running iOS 10.2, there were clusters of sub-par results when looking at iPhone 6s models running iOS 10.2.1 and 11.2.
It basically sounds like a well thought out disguise for forcing Apple customers to upgrade their phones. It’s difficult, but not impossible to spot inconsistencies like this that implicate a conspiracy.
The difference between 10.2.0 and 10.2.1 is too abrupt to be just a function of battery condition,” Poole wrote, noting that he and others believe “Apple introduced a change to limit performance when battery condition decreases past a certain point.
While this state is created to mask a deficiency in battery power, users may believe that the slow down is due to CPU performance, instead of battery performance, which is triggering an Apple introduced CPU slow-down. This fix will also cause users to think, ‘my phone is slow so I should replace it’ not, ‘my phone is slow so I should replace its battery.’ This will likely feed into the ‘planned obsolescence’ narrative.
In the past, Apple has come under fire with similar accusations. In 2014, a Harvard student used analytics to show that right before a new model of iPhone is released, Google searches about slow iPhones increased. People have been noticing phones suspiciously slow down for a long time.