I’m a little bit late writing about the Apple slowdown hype, but I still wanted to give you my thoughts before too much time goes by.
For someone that has owned an iPhone 3GS and 5S in the past, I can confirm that I am NOT an Apple fanboy by any means. I definitely wouldn’t stand outside or EVER camp outside an Apple store waiting to be the first to get a new product in hand. After using the 5S for about 3 years I was like “nope, I’ve had enough!” The Apple economy was pretty closed, so that’s one of the reasons I returned back to Android in the first place.
Two months ago CNET reported that Apple had released an update that slows down older iPhone models. It came to me as no surprise, and pretty much BS on Apple. The reason we update software on our devices is to provide fixes for bugs, enhance security and often times add efficient new phone features. The thing is, it’s true that iPhones are time-tested and widely accepted technology by many, but that doesn’t mean much when your iPhone shuts down automatically around 30% of its battery charge.
The advice to everyone with iPhones is to make sure to manually update the phones instead of doing it automatically. The newest Apple updates that were released for older phones just slow down the software. So in effect, the Apple update ADDS inefficiency, pushes frustrated customers away from phones (purchased in some cases only one year prior) and smugly suck even more Apple profits from their wallets when they opt to buy into a newer iPhone. Insanity, especially when we’re looking at phones purchased a year ago. In fact, I’m not a fan of the new iPhone X. It just looks too big and expensive! I’d never pay $1000 out-of-pocket for the X. Hell, it’s really no big surprise that even loyal “Apple campers” are pretty upset with Apple’s new decisions.
At some point, who can blame anyone burned by Apple from considering, if not actually switching to Google’s Android or another platform with an open source OS everyone can use?