One of the things that Apple likes to promote is the fact that quite a few of its older devices are updated to the newest version of iOS.
A statement like that is a positive one, as software updates for smartphones aren’t a guarantee, especially on other mobile platforms, but it might not always mean the best possible performance. Apple aims to make the best possible experience for all of its devices, even older handsets running the newest software, but there has been speculation throughout the years that Apple may try to slow down those older devices, as part of the newer software updates, to help try and get customers to spend money on new, updated, more powerful hardware.
In an effort to clear all of this up, Futuremark put together some tests to see how an older iPhone, the iPhone 5s in this case, stacks up over the course of a year, installing new software from Apple as it came available to test out how the device’s performance is from start to finish. The tests appear to show that Apple isn’t going out of its way to slow down older devices, and, what’s more, those older devices, even with updated software, manage to hold their own in terms of performance.
Futuremark put together the test using 3DMark’s Sling Shot Extreme Graphics and Extreme Physics tests. They are used to test the GPU and CPU in devices. The tests show that, over the course of a period between April 2016 and September 2017, the general performance of the older iPhone remained stable from month to month. The same can be said for the CPU, where it saw stable performance from the start of the test to the end.
“The graphs for CPU performance show a very slight drop in performance over time –possibly due to minor iOS updates or other factors –but a user would be unlikely to notice this small difference in everyday use.”
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