iPhone Slowing Down? This One Trick Can Save it From Planned Obsolescence, Apparently

iPhone slowing down issues had caused Apple plenty of trouble, and new information alleges more backstage manipulations.


Is your old iPhone slowing down a bit too much? Apparently, there is an unlikely solution at hand if you want to give your old iPhone a new lease of life. According to new reports, users who own old generation iPhones can speed up their phone’s performance by some margin, by simply switching the registered location of their device to France. As proof, reports have offered benchmark data, which shows a difference of about 5 percent in AnTuTu and Geekbench benchmark scores for an old iPhone 7, before and after being switched to France as its country.

Admittedly, 5 percent is not a massive number, but the more pressing issue at hand isn’t quite about benchmarks. Apple famously faced stiff backlash (and a number of lawsuits) after it was revealed about five years ago about its role in old iPhone slowing down. This was reportedly being done to preserve dying battery cells, while also having a domino effect of urging users to switch to a new iPhone – given how much its older phones started to throttle. Notably, Apple issued a public apology for its move, saying that it should have known better and given its users a choice to prioritise performance or battery upon their wish.

In the aftermath, Apple did stick to its promise, and iOS today has a feature for old iPhones where users can select better performance or better battery life as they wish. However, the new report suggests that things may not have been so black and white. France had reportedly fined Apple for its secret iPhone throttling, citing its actions as violation of consumer rights. The allegations are that Apple really followed through on its promise only in France, while in most other nations, it has continued to act on its own will.

Whether this is true or not cannot be conclusively determined simply by the benchmark data. A 5 percent difference, while not massive, does suggest some difference in performance, and this may have some effect particularly in older iPhones. But, would it really have been worth all the effort from Apple to create such a difference? Such an action, if proven true, would hamper Apple’s generally Good Samaritan image, so it remains to be seen how it all pans out soon.