Should you buy an older generation iPhone?


Recently, news about Apple deliberately slowing down the older generation iPhones blown up on the internet. This immediately went viral on the every social media platform with some people are even calling it the Apple’s shady move to get you buy its new iPhones.

If for some reason you are hearing this for the first time here is what happened: Some Reddit users found out that their older generation iPhones are facing performance issues after the recent software updates. Later many other people also stated backing off this story by sharing their similar personal experiences.

Apple later confirmed it that they indeed deliberately slowing down the performance of the older iPhones via the software updates but only to maintain a good user experience.

“Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices. Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components.

Last year we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions. We’ve now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future.”

So if we understand it correct Apple thinks a lot of older generation iPhone users will choose good battery life over better performance. And the people who like to be on the bleeding edge of the technology will apparently buy a new iPhone every year.

Most of the iPhone users in developing countries like India are using the older generation iPhones like iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE. This raises a really serious question, should you buy an older generation iPhone?

To answer this question we have to first understand what is meant by slowing down your iPhone. Check out the following tweet,

So basically if you have an older generation iPhone with poor battery life then Apple will decrease the clock speed of your CPU to reduce the load on the Lithium-ion battery. Replacing the battery with the new one will resume the clock speed to factory settings. Which means only the iPhones with the underperforming batteries are getting hit by this problem.

So should you get an older generation iPhone? Yes, of course, you can as long as you are buying a brand new unit. Otherwise just swap the new batteries and you are good to go.

Stay tuned for the updates.

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