Apple Doesn't Deliberately Slow Down Older Devices According to Benchmark Analysis

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Benchmarking company Futuremark recently set out to debunk long-running speculation that Apple intentionally slows down older iPhones when it releases new software updates as a way to encourage its customers to buy new devices.

    Starting in 2016, Futuremark collected over 100,000 benchmark results for seven different iPhone models across three versions of iOS, using that data to create performance comparison charts to determine whether there have been performance drops in iOS 9, iOS 10, and iOS 11.

    The first device tested was the iPhone 5s, as it's the oldest device capable of running iOS 11. iPhone 5s, released in 2013, was the first iPhone to get a 64-bit A7 chip, and iOS 11 is limited to 64-bit devices. Futuremark used the 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme Graphics test and calculated all benchmark scores from the iPhone 5s across a given month to make its comparison.


    The higher the bar, the better the performance, and based on the testing, GPU performance on the iPhone 5s has remained constant from iOS 9 to iOS 11 with just minor variations that Futuremark says "fall well within normal levels."

    iPhone 5s CPU performance over time was measured using the 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme Physics test, and again, results were largely consistent.


    Charts for other devices, including the iPhone 6, 6s, and 7, show some mild dips and increases when it comes to GPU performance. In the iPhone 6 and 7, GPU performance is up compared to previous-generation versions of iOS.


    CPU performance across those three devices has dropped slightly, something Futuremark attributes to "minor iOS updates or other factors." "A user would be unlikely to notice this small difference in everyday use," says the site. Based on its benchmarking comparisons, Futuremark claims "there are no signs of a conspiracy."
    Raw CPU and GPU power across devices does not offer a complete picture of performance on an older device that's updated to a new operating system, however, nor are benchmarks an accurate measure of real world performance. Apple may not be deliberately slowing down older devices with its software updates, as some have speculated, but there are other factors to take into account.

    New features that eat up more system resources can make a device feel slower, as can more system intensive design elements and other tweaks and changes designed for newer devices that are more powerful.

    Apple's operating system updates also introduce more advanced APIs and technology for its newest devices, leading to built-in and third-party apps that are aimed at more powerful devices and may not be optimized on older devices, resulting in an older device feeling more sluggish than a newer device following an iOS update.

    Sometimes, there are also early bugs in the software that need to be worked out through additional updates. For example, we've seen complaints of app slowdowns and performance drops from users who have installed iOS 11, issues that may be resolved as Apple tweaks and updates the iOS 11 operating system.

    Article Link: Apple Doesn't Deliberately Slow Down Older Devices According to Benchmark Analysis
  2. spiderman0616 macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2010
    This story won't play well in the community--it completely invalidates all the conspiracy theories and complaining.
  3. SteveJobs2.0 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2012
    Yes, but this is raw performance in a specific task. People are generally complaining of GUI slowdowns in new versions of iOS.
  4. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
  5. gretafour macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2006
    Rochester, NY
    You mean older devices are just not as fast as new ones? I smell a conspiracy...
  6. dumastudetto macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2013
    It should, there is now indisputable evidence that these disgusting allegations made about Apple are completely untrue.
  7. CB1234 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2012
    Dubai, UAE
    Moaners on here will still find a way to put a negative spin and confirm their bias about Apple’s planned obsolescence...

    If nothing else, they will claim Apple paid for this research.....
  8. breather macrumors member


    Jan 26, 2011
    There needs to be more testing on this subject, much much more.
    Then... when there is undeniable proof that Apple is not sabotaging their own old devices, then maybe people will give this subject a rest.
  9. lexvo macrumors 65816

    Nov 11, 2009
    The Netherlands
    I never thought that Apple intentionally slowed down old devices. There are easier ways to make people upgrade, like not bringing out software updates for older devices. I like it that Apple supports its devices for several years.
  10. GhostRaider macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2014
    Well its obvious that Apple can build a lite version of iOS that can run on older phones smoothly but of course they don't want to.
  11. coolbreeze, Oct 6, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2017

    coolbreeze macrumors 68000


    Jan 20, 2003
    No conspiracy theory here but...

    All those tests do is show the processor is doing what it was designed to do. Does it take into account actual real life experiences? Maybe experiences with a phone that's been updated several OS iterations vs. a flatten/re-build each major OS release. I've always wiped clean with a major update and never restore an iCloud backup. Lightning fast, all the time, even on older hardware.

    I suspect the slowdowns affect people who just update iOS 8,9,10,11 and so on. Old code lingers and causes issues IMO. Major OS update: DFU, flatten, go from there. Always smooth afterwards for me.
  12. CB1234 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2012
    Dubai, UAE

    Dream on, moaners on here will complain no matter what
  13. BittenApple macrumors 6502a


    Nov 29, 2008
    this doesn't prove anything

    UI lag != raw CPU power that is not being utilized or made efficient
  14. macsba macrumors 6502

    Jan 5, 2015
    Next to my Mac.
  15. jdclifford macrumors 6502

    Jul 26, 2011
    Why is there GPU (minor) degradation on iPhone 6s & iPhone 7 in OS 11 v OS 10? Shouldn't it be going the other way?
  16. Pbrutto macrumors 6502a


    Apr 21, 2015
    Eastern PA
    Not suprised
    --- Post Merged, Oct 6, 2017 ---
    Have you met people?
  17. Mike MA macrumors 68000

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
  18. saudor macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2011
    These are all raw hardware performance though. The GUI is the bit that is slowing down and needs more punch to keep smooth under later versions
  19. Schwyz, Oct 6, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2017

    Schwyz macrumors regular


    Apr 6, 2016
    Up a tree
    Oh surrrre.
    Like you expect studies and data would convince me that Apple doesn't slow down my iPhone 4s on purpose.
    We aren't that dumb you stupid fruit company!!

  20. Poncho macrumors 6502


    Jun 15, 2007
    This is all absolute nonsense. My iPhone 4s and iPad 3 were eventually rendered virtually useless after upgrading the Os after being encouraged by the promise of no slowdown by Apple. The worst thing is the lag on the keyboard. Press a key and wait three seconds for it to register, not to mention a treacle-like GUI.
  21. Stridder44 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003
    But that's impossible. The internet said Apple is bad and was holding a literal gun to people's heads, forcing them to buy new phones. This evidence would show that trolls tend to exaggerate and spew baseless crap out of their mouths.
  22. fivenotrump macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2009
    Central England
    No surprise here, but it won’t quieten the whingers I fear
  23. Relentless Power macrumors Core

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    The whole intent behind software updates from Apples product line, is to make the product more efficient and rectify any issues that are reported or need revamping. Not only do they support their devices for a longer duration, they likely also provide more software updates regularly then most other tech companies do on an annual basis. It's just a constant improvement process to make the product operate efficiently and optimally.
  24. robertosh macrumors 6502a


    Mar 2, 2011
    Of course, it's the same hardware!! What a useless benchmark!!
  25. 69Mustang macrumors 603


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    There's no way in hell Apple deliberately slows down older devices. No way. There is, however, a way in hell Apple slows down Qualcomm modems to "keep up" with Intel modems.:eek::p:D

    Can't have a thread without some conspiracy theory. The internet would die.;)

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