Benchmarks show your iPhone might not be slowing down over time

Wednesday, 11 Oct, 2017

The research from Futuremark shows Apple has in fact kept most of its iPhone processors running at similar speeds to when they were first released.

Some people have suggested Apple may be guilty of this, with reports that as soon as a new model is out, older handsets stop functioning as well as they had done.

The data came from Furturemark's free benchmarking app, 3DMark. The company collated data from more than 100,000 benchmarking tests done on iPhone variants starting from iPhone 5S to the iPhone 7. The performance variations were essentially nonexistent, the release said, reporting only "minor variations that fall well within normal levels", for both CPU and GPU.

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Apple has made a decision to show off some of the new emojis that will be coming in the iOS 11.1 update. On the other hand, CPU scores dipped slightly. Apple might not be purposely hindering older iPhones to force users to upgrade, but it appears that optimizing each new version of iOS to work with these devices isn't the company's highest priority.

While this may be the case, it does not explain why many people are led to think their phone is slowing down. There's also the possibility that your mind is playing tricks on you, making you think your iPhone slowed down to help justify the decision to buy that shiny new model Apple just announced.

The performance-tracking experts crunched the numbers in their database, based on real-world tests, comparing the iPhone 5S across iOS 9, iOS 10, and iOS 11 stretching back to April 2016.

Futuremark says the perception an older iPhone is slowing down is added to by a psychological effect.