What slows down my iPhone 6 so much?

Discussion in 'iOS 12' started by nbnbxdnb, Dec 30, 2018.

  1. FeliApple macrumors 65816

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    Hence why, the only solution available for end users is not to update and tolerate the disadvantages. So far, that has worked too well for me; therefore, I intend to not only maintain old iOS versions, but also recommend people not to update. It's the only way.
    People might not tolerate the disadvantages, but that doesn't mean my advice is awful, and/or harmful.
     
  2. nikusak macrumors member

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    Your iPhone 6 is slow compared to XR simply because it’s slow and old hardware by today’s standards.

    XR CPU is 3,5 times faster in single core Geekbench and nearly 5 times faster in multicore. That kind of performance gain in just four years is pretty awesome. iPhone 6 is like a laptop from 2005 running Windows 10. No wonder it’s not blazingly fast with the latest SW.

    There is no planned obsolescence going on.

    But surely in general new features have higher priority than optimising performance for four year old devices with what must be close to single digit user base by now. Although iOS 12 did address performance on older devices. I’m assuming the CPU performance gains will not be as great in the future, so the current devices are likely to perform better in comparison in the future.

    Why would Apple bother to support their devices for 5-6 years with SW updates it they want to obsolete their devices? It would be much easier to stop releasing updates after two years. People will be then forced to update when Instagram or their banking apps or whatever requires the latest iOS which isn’t available anymore.

    My second phone is an iPhone 6s from 2015 with a brand new battery and the latest iOS. It runs amazingly well. I could easily use it as my main phone for say another two years, bringing the total to five years. Excellent value. In five years you need to buy 2-3 Android devices if you want to run the latest OS.

    Finally, please do not follow the utterly insane advice given here i.e. “never update iOS beyond the version it came with”.
     
  3. FeliApple macrumors 65816

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    Apple surely has reasons not to optimise for older devices. Therefore, all we can do is not update. The phone might be old; yet, it has the capability to be fast. How? Leave it on iOS 8. That would make it fast, years later. App support might be limited, but it will surely be a pleasure to use.
    New devices are faster and can do more. I'm not putting that into question. Older devices can be "equally as fast" (for all intents and purposes, the difference is only minimal) but they might do a little less, rather than being on the same iOS version, with a battery life of three hours, and apps crashing left and right because the iOS version supports them but the hardware is bogged down by the iOS version.
     
  4. Spoon! macrumors 6502

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    Not sure what older devices you are referring to, but every single device that supports iOS 12 is fast on iOS 12.
     
  5. nikusak macrumors member

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    Battery life on this 6s running iOS 12 is as good as it ever was (new battery) and apps are not crashing left and right.
     
  6. LoveToMacRumors macrumors 68020

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    shoud've stayed on iOS 10. I have an iPhone 6 on iOS 10, still works great
     
  7. FeliApple macrumors 65816

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    Every 32-bit device, the iPhone 5s, and the 6 regarding performance, and the iPhone 7 and earlier regarding battery life.
     
  8. Spoon! macrumors 6502

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    The 5S and 6 are fast on iOS 12. The battery life issue was addressed in iOS 12 as well as the battery replacement program Apple did. So I’m not sure what you’re trying to say.
     
  9. Knight3 macrumors regular

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    What you're saying requires a ground-up writing of the code every time they need to release an update and for every device which would be practically impossible thing to do. I'm not saying it's completely impossible to make it run on the older devices but that with their time and resource limitations the optimization is impossible. And then there's the business aspect like you said.
     
  10. mrochester macrumors 68000

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    My dads 5S is still going strong with iOS 12. It made his device a lot faster.
     
  11. FeliApple macrumors 65816

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    The battery life issue is far from solved. I heard and read something different regarding iOS 12 on the 5s and the 6, but I might be wrong.
     
  12. StellarVixen macrumors 65816

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    No. Such a long text, and not a single grain of truth to be found in there.
     
  13. Spoon! macrumors 6502

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    I have a 5S as a backup phone on iOS 12 and it’s fine. The battery life issue I was referring to was gimped performance on iOS 11 that they addressed in iOS 12. Sometimes a battery replacement is the only fix if the battery is bad, so it’s not entirely software, but Apple did get caught red-handed throttling phones, so it probably wouldn’t be good for them to do that again.
     
  14. mrochester macrumors 68000

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    If you’re battery is bad the throttling still happens.
     
  15. w_aldo macrumors regular

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    This is such a ridiculous conspiracy...

    I had an iPhone 6s Plus for 3 years, running iOS 12 it was as fast as it was when it was new.

    I also have an iPad Air 2 which is over 4 years old, it runs iOS 12 without any slowdowns at all. It holds up against the iPad 2018 very well. There is no way this, or any other device is intentionally artificially crippled.

    Any devices with less than 2GB of RAM will struggle. That’s why there’s such a difference in usability with the iPhone 6s/iPad Air 2 and higher. It’s 2019 now, you can’t really expect 1GB to suffice.
     
  16. Spoon! macrumors 6502

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    You can disable throttling in iOS 12. You can turn throttling on if your battery is causing erratic behavior. Or you can get the battery replaced.
     
  17. now i see it macrumors 68030

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    There's only one reason why Apple never allows you to downgrade to a previous version of iOS after a couple weeks. And we all know what the reason is.

    THAT EXPLAINS IT ALL
     
  18. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

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    There can't be more potential reasons? How do we know what it is?
     
  19. hrl macrumors member

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    My iPhone 6 Plus is painfully slow on iOS 12. Even after fresh install, go figure.
     
  20. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

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    Unfortunately 6 Plus was fairly underpowered from the start. Have you checked to see how your battery is and if performance management has been enabled perhaps?
     
  21. hrl macrumors member

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    I did check the battery and the setting. This is actually a replacement unit (refurbished), 6 month old from Apple Store due to a speck inside the camera lens.
     
  22. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 603

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    Speaking for the masses is always a mistake.

    Care to fill me in on what we all know?
     
  23. FeliApple macrumors 65816

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    I would assume it is due to security, but there might be - and we are speculating because we certainly don't know - an upgrading reason behind it: if devices can't be fixed - as iOS updates cripple devices - by not allowing downgrades they might force people who want performance and battery life to buy new devices.
    If Apple is so confident that people will update permanently even if given the chance to downgrade, then go ahead and test it. Their resolute reluctance to allow that makes me doubt a little. They surely profit from it. Even if they don't do it on purpose. The end result - and its unintended (let's assume) consequences - are abundantly clear.
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    I'm sorry to tell you this, but there's no solution. Don't update your nest phone and you'll be fine.
     
  24. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 603

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    Yes, security is the main reason and since they're able to say it's for the good of the consumers privacy they're able to get away with it. As has been said, adding new code/features is going to make the OS heavier, full stop.

    It's probably not a popular opinion but I would rather they develop code to make the newer devices as good as they can be. I tend to upgrade every year so "planned obsolescence" means nothing to me.
     
  25. nikusak macrumors member

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    Yes, we all know what the reason is:

    Providing a secure platform for customers and providing as homogenous platform as possible for application developers.

    It’s not really any more complicated.

    Seriously, how anyone can think that Apple wants to make their customers angry on purpose? Any company’s most important job is to preserve customers.
     

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