In the ever-evolving world of technology, the impending launch of the iPhone 15 has created a stir among Apple enthusiasts. However, for those clutching onto their older models, this may mean an inevitable decline in their device’s performance. This phenomenon has been a cause for concern and speculation, especially in light of Apple’s past ‘batterygate’ scandal where older iPhones were intentionally slowed down, allegedly to prolong battery life.
As we venture deeper into the smartphone era, the cost of these devices continues to skyrocket, making repair and maintenance a more economical and sustainable choice. Kewin Charron, Senior Lead Refurbishment Operations Manager at Back Market, provides some insights into this matter. He suggests that the perceived slowdown of older iPhones, particularly after iOS updates, might not be as inevitable as users fear. There are, in fact, several steps that can be taken to counteract this sluggishness and prolong the life of your device.
Battling iPhone Slowdown: Here’s How to Keep Your Device Running Smoothly
The upcoming launch of iPhone 15 has some older iPhone users worried about a potential slowdown of their devices. However, according to tech experts, there are ways to prevent this dreaded slowdown. This comes in light of Apple’s previous ‘batterygate’ controversy, which saw the tech giant pay a $115 million settlement over allegations of deliberately slowing down older phones – a move Apple claimed was aimed at preserving the devices’ batteries.
The Culprit: Too Many Apps
Kewin Charron, Senior Lead Refurbishment Operations Manager at Back Market, advises that the first step to prevent an iPhone slowdown is to check on the installed apps. Today’s iPhones carry more apps than ever, and according to Charron, having too many installed could slow down your device. These apps consume significant amounts of RAM and CPU resources, often operating in the background without the user’s knowledge.
"To speed up your old iPhone, go into your Settings > General > Background App Refresh and select Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi & Cellular Data, or Off to stop Background App Refresh entirely," Charron advises. "This quick fix allows iPhone users to automatically control and stop apps running in the background, resulting in a smoother-running phone."
Assess Your Battery Health
Another potential cause of a slow iPhone is a battery issue. Even new batteries can malfunction if they’re defective or overused. Charron recommends iPhone 6 or later users to check their battery health by going to Settings > Battery > Battery Health. This will display the battery’s maximum capacity, which should ideally be between 0 and 100%.
"A typical Apple battery should maintain up to 80% of its original capacity. If it falls below that, you should consider replacing the battery," Charron advises.
The Hidden Metric: Peak Performance
Charron also recommends checking another hidden iPhone statistic – the Peak Performance Capacity under the ‘Battery Health’ segment. This metric provides valuable information about the battery’s performance status and can indicate whether the battery is operating correctly.
Clear Out Your Memory
Another factor that can slow down iPhone performance is limited storage capacity. Charron points out that iPhones need around 10% of available storage for caching and temporary files that facilitate smooth app operation and software updates. Therefore, it’s beneficial to periodically review installed applications and uninstall those no longer needed, and to sort through old photos and videos to free up space.
Resorting to the Nuclear Option
If all else fails, Charron suggests restoring the device to its default settings, which can clear out ‘hidden’ data potentially slowing your device. However, before doing this, he recommends creating a backup of your phone data.
In conclusion, while the launch of a new iPhone model might stir concerns about older devices slowing down, these practical tips can help users maintain the speed and efficiency of their iPhones, thereby prolonging the device’s lifespan and offering a more economical and sustainable choice.
My takeaway from this is simple: regular maintenance and app control can significantly improve an iPhone’s performance and lifespan, providing a cost-effective and sustainable solution to the constant cycle of buying new devices.