News or Noise: Does Apple slow down old iPhones when new model comes out?

October 04, 2017 11:54 PM

In News or Noise, Jen Mobilia sifts through social media post to tell you what's real and what's hot garbage.

Have you ever felt like your iPhone is painfully slow and you just need to get a new one?

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We've all been there and it's frustrating, but is it possible that Apple is behind the slowdown? According to a new social media post, the tech giant actually slows down older iPhones when releasing new ones. But is this claim News or Noise?

The anticipation is growing for the iPhone X. According to Apple's website, the 10 will be so immersive the device itself disappears into the experience.

But what if you're not ready, willing or able to spend more than a thousand dollars for the newest iPhone? Will your current phone be affected?

According to this post: "A Harvard study proved that Apple purposely slows down its older model iPhones to coincide with device releases and to boost sales of new models."

It even includes a graph that showing peaks in Google searches for "iPhone slow" around new iPhone release dates.

The article claims Apple uses "updates to dramatically slow existing models" and it has been liked 2.3 million times -- but are any of these claims real?

I couldn't find any Harvard study that matches this report or proves that iPhones slow down right before a new iPhone is released. So while you might think your phone is a little sluggish – don't let these social media posts fool you into buying a new phone, because this claim – is all noise.


Jennifer Mobilia

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