By Kevin Gray
Every year, Apple treats us to a shiny new iPhone, and while we all love the new advancements it brings, those of us who can't jump to the new tech has to make due with the fully functional iPhone we already own. However, over the last few years, many loyal iPhone users have noticed that their old tech seems to slow down once the new phones are on the market. While many have said that Apple is throttling the performance of its old tech to encourage us to upgrade, that theory often gets dismissed. On Wednesday (Dec. 20) Apple dropped a bombshell on us, those conspiracy theories are true, Apple has been secretly stifling the performance of older iPhones.
While Apple admitted to the practice on Wednesday, it sought to underscore that it had done so for a purely altruistic reason: to prevent older phones from shutting down unexpectedly. They also claim that the practice only started just over a year ago. While those intentions are good on the surface, it leaves many Apple fans wondering if the explanation has been fabricated to ease customers fears.
Apple hasn't explained why it didn't disclose the practice until now, and because of this many think they were intentionally hiding something. What else is the company not telling customers? Why should iPhone users believe the company's explanation for why it's throttling phones? And why should they believe that it only started doing that a year ago? These are all questions Apple customers are asking today.
For now, many will still be rushing out to by the latest iPhones, especially with Christmas just three days away, but if Apple continues these wary tactics, one wonders just how loyal their consumers will continue to be.