We’re now a month out from the release of the iPhone 8 and sales aren’t exactly booming. In fact, it’s been widely reported that the older iPhone 7 is outselling the iPhone 8.
Meanwhile, we continue to hear reports about even older phones like the iPhone 6 get slower and slower.
It’s gotten to the point that people are wondering about Apple purposely degrading the user experience on older iPhones to spur upgrades.
Developers believe iPhone 6 slowness is intentional
Everyone’s buzzing about the imminent arrival of the iPhone X, which goes up for pre-order on Oct. 27. But here’s a story that’s not getting as much play as the $1,000 price tag on the hot upcoming phone!
Recently, a Wall Street analyst made the bold claim that Apple has been using software updates to slow older iPhones. The reported goal is to create artificial demand for the iPhone 8 by annoying people into upgrading so they can avoid the slowness.
Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry wrote in a June note to clients that the iPhone 6 is specifically being targeted.
Apple is trying to “purposely create a compromised customer experience for iPhone 6 so that the customers get fed up and upgrade,” he noted.
The analyst reached this conclusion after talking with multiple developers at the eight to 11 technology conferences, summits and hackathons his firm attends monthly.
Over and over again, Chowdhry heard two specific complaints from developers.
First, some noted unreliable network connectivity and app slowness following iOS updates to the iPhone 6. Second, others noted increased battery consumption after the updates.
Clark.com has reached out to Apple for a comment on Chowdhry’s report. We’ll update this story if and when we receive a reply.
Meanwhile, if you are struggling with battery life on your iPhone, try these three quick fixes to maximize your battery life.
And don’t forget that certain apps — as well as files like high-resolution photos and videos — can take up a lot of storage space and compromise performance. Check out these easy ways to get more storage on your phone.