Apple devices receive updates almost every month that offer the latest features. iPhone users that use older models are complaining that every time they receive an iOS update their device tends to slow down. The concept of purposely outdating the older devices is nothing new and has been around long before the smartphones were made. The question is, is it really Apple’s intention to release new updates to slow down the older models?

Tests were conducted

According to a report by The Guardian, there is a grain of truth behind the users’ theory. In a new study by Futuremark (benchmarking company), the iPhones or other devices’ processor and graphics chip are only as efficient as the day the device is bought.

Futuremark conducted a test on the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 7 and found out that there was no evidence of intentional slowdowns. The iPhone 5s was released in 2013. The graphics and processor performance of the device remained consistent from the iOS 9 until the iOS 11.

Apple is improving the older models

The graphics processing unit performance of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 also remained consistent, but the processor performance slightly decreased with consecutive iOS updates. Futuremark claims that the iPhones get more powerful and more capable of handling new apps and services everytime the operating system is updated. It is also the reason why the CPU performance decreased.

The benchmarking company concluded that Apple was actually supporting their devices rather than slowing them down.

iTunes 12.6.3

In other news, Apple has silently released a new version of Itunes. According to MacRumors, the iTunes 12.6.3 has the ability to download applications from Apps Store and ringtones from the iTunes desktop software.

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The new iTunes is available for Windows PC 32-bit or 64-bit and Mac. Apple customized the new iTunes so that it can be installed even if the user already upgraded to iTunes 12.7. After installing version 12.6.3, users will not be prompted to download any new versions. Users should also take note that Apple is not providing any technical support for the version 12.6.3, only for the 12.7.

The iTunes 12.6.3 is basically the older version of iTunes, but it has a support for iOS 11, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. The company released the iTunes version 12.7 in September and transferred its desktop client to focus on TV shows, podcasts, music, and books.