Have you ever noticed that when the newest version of an iPhone comes out your old phone seems to get slower and slower? For years, internet conspiracy theorists have been speculating that Apple was doing this on purpose. Initially, this theory was outlandish. How could one of the biggest companies on the planet do something so simple, yet so sinister? Most people placed this conspiracy in the realm of a joke, but it turns out this conspiracy theory is true.
The Independent UK is reporting that Apple has admitted to intentionally slowing down iPhones as they get older without notifying its customers. This news confirms one of the biggest mobile phone conspiracies out there, and although Apple acknowledges the truth to it, they claim it was not in an effort to encourage customers to buy new phones.
The Independent UK reports, Apple’s official reason for the downgrade is that it tinkers with older phone’s performance. They say this is a precautionary measure. Apple claims that without these measures older iPhone would stop working earlier than desired. This all has to do with the fact that Apple phones are made with lithium-ion batteries which degrade over time. The company claims that without the performance throttling there is a risk of internal components being damaged.
We’re sure more information will surface as this story develops, but if you ever thought your older iPhone was being slowed down on purpose – you were right.