Apple admits they throttled #iPhones – one graph tells the whole story of why they are slow

While this isn’t our normal fare here, the Internet is abuzz today over the admission from Apple Inc. that they purposely slowed down older iPhones, and I have something VERY interesting to add. Business insider has this headline:

Apple confirmed a longtime conspiracy theory — and gave regular customers a big reason to distrust it

I’ll say, here’s the gist of it:

Apple has long inspired an almost religious devotion among customers and tech aficionados — but it just seriously undermined its fans’ faith and loyalty.

The company on Wednesday acknowledged what some people have long suspected: that it has been secretly stifling the performance of older iPhones.

Critics have accused the company in the past, based on anecdotal evidence, of purposely slowing phones to compel users to upgrade to the latest model. 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.

The justification hasn’t mollified Apple’s outraged fans. If anything, the company’s statement has stoked the conspiracy theories, and for good reason.

By the company’s own admission, it’s been throttling the performance of iPhones since last year.

Apple hasn’t explained why it didn’t disclose the practice until now, after GeekBench released charts based on its data that showed how older iPhones were not performing as quickly as they had when they launched.

More here

Now here’s something very interesting, and very damning. This is a graph from Google Trends, which tracks how words are used in Internet searches on Google. I’ve done a search on the phrase “iPhone slow” which is what users that were frustrated with phone performance would likely search for looking for solutions. I’ve also added via annotations, the release dates of all iPhone models, and for comparison, the Google Trends results for the phrase “Android slow”.

The correlation is quite compelling:

Source for graph: https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?date=2006-12-31%202017-12-21&q=iphone%20slow,android%20slow

Source for dates: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_iPhone

And, I’m not the first to make this correlation.

Around the time of each new iPhone release, searches about “slow iPhones” peaked. There doesn’t seem to be any similar spike pattern for Android based phones. (h/t to Jeremy James on Facebook for the idea)

That’s gonna leave a mark, as the quote in the Business Insider article said:

“For years, we’ve reassured people that no, Apple doesn’t secretly slow down their older iPhones to make them buy new ones,” the blogger and iPhone developer Marco Arment said in a tweet Wednesday. He added in a follow-up Twitter post: “The reputation damage from secretly slowing down old iPhones, regardless of the reason, will likely linger for a decade.”

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brians356

Schadenfreude here. Did I spell that correctly?

I’ve never owned an Apple product. I’m kinda proud of that. (Also never joined Facebook or Twitter, thank God.)

Lurking

“Also never joined…”

Good on ya! Not a driveling mindless freak eh?

Mark Gilbert

Driveling mindless freak here. But Apple free since they started lol

Bryan A

You should at least join Facebook like I did and purpously leave your page blank like I do.
OTOH, perhaps this situation is cause for a Class Action Suit (Not that I like Class Action Lawsuits, Lawyers make too much and the calss members get a pittance. I’ve long held that Lawyers should only be paid as members of the class and not get 30% of the Class Action settlement)

Neo

I sent 2 kids though a private engineering university with part of the AAPL stock I bought for $0.68/share (adjusted for splits)

brians356

Bryan A,

A class action will be punitive, if nothing more. Apple have to mount a legal defense, don’t forget. Class members get pennies, sure, but Apple just might feel a momentary pinch if the settlement is large enough.

John Francis

I have had different iPhones over the past 8 years, and two iPads over 6 years. There is no question in my mind that all have had the same slowing-down problem. Now it’s confirmed to be deliberate, as many of us suspected. I’m an electroncs engineer. Their battery excuse doesn’t fly with me. Disgraceful behaviour. Next time I upgrade I will definitely consider Android devices.

brians356

I’m reasonably happy with my Samsung Galaxy J3, and I’m sure it’s an Android dinosaur already.

ShrNfr

As Li-Ion cells age (get recharged a lot) their peak capacity to deliver current decreases, You have a choice, either put them out with limited speed at the start, or decrease the speed as they age. Apple went with #2. They should have done this as an option though. That was dumb on their part.

Curious George

ShrNfr, the best choice would be to include a decent battery.

Hartley

If the battery is aging, the proper fix is replacing it! Apple stores have been replacing batteries in iPhones forever – why not just warn people to get their battery updated?

F. Leghorn

Or Apple could be less like “corporate big brother” and let customers replace their own batteries. More than anything that was the reason I passed on the I-phone 1. The reasons changed later but they just made me feel more justified in hating everything apple.

Don’t get me started on the stupid apple mouse with the one button.

SteveF

After getting badly burned on may last iPhone (5S), which one day announced that it had automatically upgraded its operating system and turned itself into a paper weight… demanding a password I never had in order to operate at all (inquiries to Apple generated a “screw you!” reply)… I moved to Android. Clunkier? Yes. Less elegant? Yes. But not simply evil. I will never will buy another Apple product. Their loss, my gain.

menicholas

Anyone who is handy can replace their own batteries.
Ditto cracked screens, etc.
Videos on youtube will walk you through how to do it.

Greg

ShrNfr

“As Li-Ion cells age (get recharged a lot) their peak capacity to deliver current decreases, “

You mug. That does not explain why Apple decide #2 ( crap on you users ) option became so necessary just as they released a new model.

This looks like criminal behaviour to me. Should be grounds for a class action law suit if DoJ are not prepared to charge Apple.

rocketscientist

Yes, I too was grumbling “HORSE CRAP!” when Apple lamely stated it was to save the old batteries! That’s simply not how it works.

fxk

FWIW, Apple products are inextricably linked to my sound provider business. Most audio vendors (and all mainline vendors) offer no solution that runs on Android – and trying to get Windows apps (like first version Presonus) resulted in many hours of wasted time attempting to make the software/Dell hardware to play nicely, where those same Apple-version apps were plug, play and forget on Apple Macbook. Never a problem, never a question.

Am I unhappy with Apple’s behavior? No. Give me an option. As I said, my industry is pretty much Apple only, relying on iPad, iPhone and Macbook. Android? Windows tablet? Pulease. I have no other options.

fxk

Well, that did not come out quite as planned. I am appalled at Apple’s behavior. No, I’m not happy. I’m stuck, however.

Stephen G

Never owned a phone, but I have a first generation ipad. It began crashing when on the internet shortly after an ios upgrade. Within 3 – 4 years it was slow and almost useless. My partner bought an ipad about 3 years ago and guess what? It is doing the same thing.

Lesson learned and confirmed: don’t buy apple.

So your opinion, not based on any facts or investigation, is automatically superior because you’re an EE? Appeal to authority much?

MarkW

He’s an EE which explains why he knows that the battery explanation is junk. No appeal to authority.
He’s basing his statments on his own experience.
Once again, no appeal to authority.
Your devotion to the cult of Apple is duly noted.

bitchilly

snap, i have no intention of doing so ever.

Bryan

Why not make a battery change easy?
This happens with lots of other devices.
Apple likes to flaunt its commitment to ‘Green’ issues but is in reality part of the worst kind of ‘throwaway’ pollution.
Now its confirmed that this is intentional and based on profit greed.

Bryan A

Definitely Lawsuit time

BillT

I’ve used an Apple desktop puter since the iMac was released but now use the mini [no camera no mic] with third party peripherals. Their hardware is not as robust as it should be so I use as little as I can.

Sometimes absence of Apple seems like the indelible mark of the red-pilled. My reasons for avoidance were a need for flexibility, maintenance of at least some semblance of control over my platforms and an aversion to having the grasping skeletal hand of Steve Jobs forever groping in my back pocket.

Chris Wright

My first – and last – Apple product I owned was the good old Apple 2.
That was a long time before Apple became the monster it is today….
Chris

RicDre

I owned the Apple I (it was really just the motherboard of a computer) and the Apple II computer, but when the first Mac came out Steve Jobs completely undermined the Apple II computer and its community even though it was supporting the company at the time. Because of that, I swore I would never buy another Apple product again and I never have purchased one of their products since that time.

Roger Knights

“Apple went with #2. They should have done this as an option though. That was dumb on their part.”

I wonder if some “Deilbert” employee at Apple suggested making it an option, but was overruled by a Marketing executive who felt it would hurt sales to alert potential buyers to the specter of battery degradation.

brians356

If Apple execs were smart 😉 they would yesterday have offered a $100 CASH rebate to any iPhone owner who applies, no questions asked. That might fend off the inevitable protracted class-action lawsuit and many more months of daily headlines. But, of course, Apple have the high ground, being so GREEN and all, so they will suffer the slings and arrows, probably hoping against the odds to come out as the victim of a vast right-wing conspiracy or something.

BernardP

A couple of days ago, I saw Facebook being called a “bragging platform” on a tech site. Bang-O…

Steve R

Ive never owned an apple product either, but Im thrilled with the performance of the APPL shares I bought in 2009.

menicholas

+++.
Say what you want, but they know how to make money, hand over fist.
Me, I do not fancy paying triple for the same functionality, so I do not do that.
Great stock.

Boris

Maybe this is the wave of the future. Planned forced obsolescence right out of the box. Look at Tesla and their limiting of batteries on the new cars. Hurricane coming. Well lets just give you that extended range we have been hiding form you.

BillT

Vance Packard wrote of this in his 1960 book “The Waste Makers”.
Note: Only auto-fill can turn a simple typo into gobbldy gook. I don’t know how to turn it off in Safari.

menicholas

Apple devices are the worst for autocorrect. I have never seen how to turn it off either.
I bought an iPad a long time ago, never Apple anything again…except the stock can be a real money maker at times. I usually go with short term options trades when the technical all line up with post Christmas earnings or something along those lines.
I think there is a decent chance that Apple will lose a bunch of customers on this news and the stock may really get stung.
Great thing about options…just as easy to make money when it is going down as up.

Steve A

My wife (a children’s pastor) invited some of her friends over for an ‘orgy’, thanks to Apple’s spell correct.
Imagine the kerfluffle…

JerryB

All you need to do to turn off autocorrect is go to keyboard settings and turn it off. This is true in either iOS or OS 10.

Dagny Taggart

Many people have managed it. You can search it on the interwebs or use Apple’s own web site. I don’t use auto-fill myself for the simple reason that I use two languages all the time. Auto-fill does not work well under those conditions.

brians356

menicholas, just as easy to lose money in options as well. “Got caught, Jack, that’s all. Life contains a particle of risk.”

Steve A

Yes, but autofill is handy. Just unpredictable and unreliable

menicholas

Of course, to make money you have to guess correctly.
Otherwise you lose.

Patrick MJD

“Boris December 21, 2017 at 3:11 pm

Maybe this is the wave of the future. Planned forced obsolescence right out of the box.”

This has been going on since 1922 and IIRC started with light bulbs in Germany.

Old England

Apple are already facing legal claims for damages over this:

Filed in the Northern District of the State of Illinois on Thursday, the complaint aspires to become a class action for the supposedly thousands of affected individuals in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and North Carolina – the US states of residence for the five named plaintiffs.
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/12/22/apple_sued_iphone_cpu_speed/

Supposedly this is done as the battery ages to extend the run time. They say if you replace the battery the speed goes back to what it was when new.

Lurking

But you are forbidden from replacing the battery without going though Apple.

scraft1

What do you mean “forbidden”? If you have Applecare they replace the battery free of charge. If you don’t have Applecare, you buy one for about 10 bucks from ebay and change it yourself.

They certainly should have been more upfront about the slowdown.

Darrin

Battery can be replaced without going through the store but here’s the comparison:

-Practically any phone but an iPhone. Slide back cover, pull out old battery, put in new battery, power up phone, done. Takes a few seconds.

-For an iPhone, if you don’t have the ungodly small torx bit already you have to go buy one (most people don’t), carefully open phone while rendering it no longer water resistant, carefully unplug the connector for (Screen? been a while), unplug the battery, carefully separate the glued in battery from the case, reassemble everything. Probably done in ~5 minutes if you’ve done it a few times and have everything you need, most people will probably take ~30 minutes their first time if they dare to attempt it.

I have a company provided iPhone or I wouldn’t have one. Our local iPhone store will not work on phones, the nearest store where they will work on them is 2ish hour drive away. So it’s either drive up there to get it repaired or ship it and be prepared to wait a week or two to get it back. End result is IT buys us a new phone anytime there’s a problem with the old one. Want to take bets Apple knows this and plans for it?

john

Here ya go! Easy and only takes 5 minutes.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sQqPm3LmwV4

Darrin December 21, 2017 at 3:47
Oddly enough, all the IT people where I work use androids.

menicholas

Darrin, none of the Androids I have had for the past several years have a battery compartment. They are built in, so it takes a bit of work to replace the battery.
But this makes them able to be thin and light and waterproof…something that a device with a removable cover will never be able to do.
Samsung phones are water proof to several feet.
But I am not testing that feature on purpose, thank you no.

Philip

I have to wonder if the real reason is because the batteries don’t last as long as Apple thought, and this is a way to hide that, at least until the warranty expires. Also has the side effect of persuading people to buy a new phone.

TA

I have an IPhone 4s which I bought in 2012 and its battery still shows 100 percent level after overnight charging.

I had an occasion recently where I had to leave my home for three weeks straight and I forgot to take my IPhone with me and it sat on a table for those three weeks unconnected to a charger, and when I got back it still had an 18 percent charge on it, enough for me to make a phone call before putting it back on the charger.

I just use the phone for telephone calls. No apps on it. And I don’t think Apple automatically updates my software and I have never updated it myself, either. I haven’t noticed any slowdown, but you probably wouldn’t if you only use it to make phone calls.

My IPhone works good for me. No complaints.

ShrNfr

The question is not one of voltage out of the battery, the question is one of max current that the battery can deliver when required of it. I suspect that you will find Tesla having problems with cars not capable of acceleration that they once were capable of down the road. This problem will not be uniquely Apple’s.

AllyKat

My 5S has been going downhill for a few months. Does not appear to hold a charge. Claims there is only a tiny amount of battery power left, shuts down. Plug it into a charger, and one of two things happens: it takes forever to finally turn on again, or it turns on and shows that the battery is at “63%” or similar.

You cannot tell me that engineers can create a handheld computer capable of so much, but cannot make a rechargeable battery that will last for longer than a phone contract. If they cannot do so, these companies have no business charging so much for phones. Yes, it used to be possible to get a phone for free or a smaller amount, but the new ones all seem to be running on a “lease”, so you pay the full $750 or whatever.

I love Apple, been loyal since I was a kid (pre iMac!!!). Quality is not what it used to be. I really do not want to replace my phone with a Windows based one, but I do not have the money to shell out for a new iPhone. It REALLY ticks me off that they still charge hundreds of dollars for an iPhone 6 when they are now on 8. I suppose I should be grateful I have gotten 4 years out of my phone, but planned obsolecense annoys me.

menicholas

Rechargeable batteries last a lot longer when they are not allowed to run all the way down between charging.
Also, since the issue is related to the number of charge/discharge cycles, using the phone only for calls and never for apps means you do not have the same problem as people who use a ton of apps have. Some things really suck power, like using the maps and navigator apps, or even if you have location services enabled. Using the phone for a mobile hotspot drains battery fast, as does living in a place with fewer overlapping towers and travelling around a lot or spending time inside a building that blocks the signal, or even just having one of the less robust carriers…the phone is constantly searching for a signal under these conditions and uses a lot more power.
Long story short, the more you do with it, the less time until the battery begins to become seriously degraded.
I use my phone for everything, and have learned to avoid problems by keeping it plugged in as much as possible…when driving, when at home, when at my office desk at work…have chargers in each place and just plug it in. Nowadays you can get little portable power packs that you can plug in to the phone to recharge it, or keep it topped up.
Apple phones are not the only ones that have done away with easily changeable batteries…the last several phones I have had, various Droids and now a Samsung, do not have easily replicable batteries.
Not having that option makes the phone more easily water proofed (which was a major problem on older phones) as well as lighter and thinner.
But as noted…you can either get battery replaced or do it yourself with a little help from you tube.

AllyKat – do they still make Windows-based phones? /sarc

Windows based phones are not the only alternative to iPhone, Get a Samsung S8, It’s what an iPhone wants to be when it grows up… and it runs Android. Or, if you like bleeding-edge, get a Nexus Pixel 2. Google updates Nexus with the newest stuff as it’s released, which is usually quite a bit before the non-Nexus phones get them from their cellular providers.

I highly doubt you’d find any Android device deliberately throttled by the manufacturer to get you to upgrade. At worst, they just stop providing software updates.

I would not have the same confidence in anything from Microsoft. I trust them as much as I trust Apple.

Crispin in Waterloo but really in Beijing

Starting with the iPod Apple selects batteries that don’t last. It is a conscious and careful act. Some, like Motorola and BlackBerry, do the opposite. That’s why there was a battery team at BlackBerry. You may or may not remember New York iPod users chanting in the streets when they found out their $400 iPod had a 13 month battery in it. Apple charged $250 to replace it while ‘the newer model’ was ‘only’ $400. It is deliberate, always was, and if the battery lasted, they slowed the phone to make it appear to ‘be wearing out’ like a cheap gearbox. That, plus the marketing of it as a disposable fashion item created a low (low) standard in the field of industrial design. It is taught in the curriculum now.

commieBob

Blackberries were wonderful. My wife replaced hers only when she physically wore something out. On one it was the scroll wheel. On the last one, the usb connector wore out and we couldn’t charge it any more. Her Playbook has a magnetic connector which isn’t a sliding contact and therefore doesn’t wear out.

Samsung has wireless charging, which should solve the connector problem. Motorola has accessory backs among which is one which has wireless charging and an extra battery. My wife’s phone is one of those and we’re hoping it lasts for years, as did her Blackberries.

Crispin in Waterloo but really in Beijing

Batteries are designed to last particular lifetimes. The life selected is not ‘the best technology available’. Not at all. The iPod was introduced with a 13 month lifetime battery as a conscious decision to force people to buy another one. It was planned obsolescence.

Every component in an iPhone is mediocre by design. Good enough to get by, with absolutely the latest manufacturing engineering methods. Very advanced each time. The combination is sleek, good looking and designed to fail after the contract is over. That is ‘their deal’. If you like being shafted every three years, then if is acceptable.

Those who don’t discharge their phones so often have the CPU crippled by software to simulate a failing system. After checking around others have the same systemic failure which is convincing, I guess. It is, after all, a new form of planned obsolescence: deliberate, post-market harm to create a market for the replacement product. It really is worse than what Enron was doing.

menicholas

The phones have been evolving fast over the past bunch of years…if all you do is make calls, it does not matter, but screens have become better and brighter, phones more waterproof, cameras much better, better processors available, etc.
I have got new phones (all androids since they became available) every couple of years, even when the ones I had, had a easily opened battery compartment, because the new phones were and still are a lot better.
Also, for a while there, Verizon had the cost of a new phone every two years baked into the cost of the monthly payment, so it made no sense to keep a phone past two years…you were paying for a new one anyway.
(But Verizon has now moved to a leasing model of monthly service, and they basically finance a new phone for a $20-30 monthly payback.)

Although, like PCs did about ten years ago, there comes a point that they are good enough and improvements become not worth the price of replacing a device.
The Samsung I bought last Spring seems like it is a darn good little device and they will have to have some seriously improved features to make me want to replace it. Which I am sure they are doing their best to do, as has been the case all along.

commieBob

Batteries are designed to last particular lifetimes.

A longer lasting battery will, all other things being equal, will probably be larger and heavier. Your wonderfully thin and light cell phone won’t have a wonderful battery. In fact, this was the root of the problem with the exploding Samsungs.

In a cell phone, everything affects everything. There was the story of the RIM antenna engineer who nearly murdered the battery engineer when he changed the battery in a way that wrecked the antenna’s performance.

Even without evil intent, it isn’t surprising that cell phone batteries are a compromise.

Started hating Apple’s primitive computers and crooked business model in the 1980s.

R U MSFT employee?

Hugs

I think he’s just old.

thallstd

I think he just doesn’t know how to spell DOS.

Ack

You can bet the others do it too.

jimwest63

The relatively smooth curve for Android in the chart that leads the article tells me otherwise.

menicholas

I have had android phones slow to a crawl after the OS was “upgraded”.
At least twice.

Maybe three times.

I’ve been using Apple products exclusively for many years now. I can honestly say that I’ve never heard of this throttling thing, nor have I ever noticed my iPhone(s) to be slow or slowing down. As with any Apple product, they just work unlike a Windows-based system. Just an honest opinion here…

Paul Penrose

John,
Apple has admitted to throttling their phones, so whether you’ve noticed it or not, it is happening.

F. Leghorn

Honest, probably. Knowledgeable not. The reason Windows gets twice as many complaints is because there are 25 times as many users and half the people don’t know what they are doing.

Apple’s main draw is the simplicity. Most people don’t want to have to learn how to use what they bought. That doesn’t make it better, just easier.

stevefitzpatrick

“That doesn’t make it better, just easier.”
Well, some people will say easier is better. But yes, a Windows system is far more “open” to the user than any Apple OS. That is by design, not by error…. Apple wants the user to be as unaware of the workings of the OS as possible…..and to buy outrageously expensive new Apple hardware on a regular basis.

Moa

“Apple’s main draw is the simplicity. Most people don’t want to have to learn how to use what they bought. That doesn’t make it better, just easier.”

I’ve been compiling Linux kernels since the mid 90s. Today, lots hours cost me lots of dollars. Mac OS X is great for myself and many developers not because it is ‘simple’ (clearly you don’t live in Terminal/iTerm land) but because it is *RELIABLE*.

Reliability matters. Mac OS X is more reliable than Linux and much more reliable than Windows. Upgrading to new hardware is easy as all your settings and data comes across painlessly and *reliably*.

Hence, all the professional software developers I know who are senior enough to choose their hardware use Mac OS X except for one guy who uses a System 76 Linux for ideological reasons.

Sneering at Mac users as stupid simply shows you don’t understand what attracts people to Macs, and for almost everyone that is *reliability*. When people who can build systems from discrete hardware components on up and write software as a profession choose Macs then I’d say your hypothesis that they are chosen because the “people don’t want to have to learn how to use what they bought” is as accurate as the UN IPCC AGW hypothesis (as in, not very).

For professionals time is money, and an unreliable Windows system can be VERY costly when your charge-out rate is very high. It is the pro-sumers and corporate slaves who use Windows – poor b@stards.

F. Leghorn

Moa on December 22, 2017 at 12:51 am

Wow. Sorry 😞 I hurt your feelings. But people who don’t use apple are “corporate slaves”? Got a bit of an anger 😠 problem, don’t you?

huh? unreliable Windows.. I just create an embedded version of my system setup with all the programs I want installed. Opera browser (pre 9) to keep the win-dependent bugs out and it’s as stable as a rock. no updates thanks, if I pick the appropriate versions of software then I’ve no need to “update” (why is adding fluff, DRM, intrusive ads and crap to a program called an ‘upgrade!?). Windows 7 embedded is easy to get and to set up

I had a win98 machine running on a UPS for over a decade with not a hiccup running headless as a downloader and print server; Talking to folks I heard horror stories of BSoD all the time and when asked what the system messages told them and how did they fix it the usual answer I got was they reinstalled. It was always a mystery to me why when confronted with information people would resort to destruction.. mind you, it was often the ‘updates’ to programs that broke things. Vendors always loved to rewrite dlls with their own versions which wasn’t a MS flaw, it was a vendor (or user) flaw.

As for phones even when the MS phone OSes held reasonable market share the various tech reviewers rated them as vastly more secure than Apple or Android – but no one listened, they preferred to chant the mantra that Windows was a broken OS, windows bashing always having been a popular thing to do.

F. Leghorn

Honest, probably. Knowledgeable not. The reason Windows gets twice as many complaints is because there are 25 times as many users and half the people don’t know what they are doing.

Apple’s main draw is the simplicity. Most people don’t want to have to learn how to use what they bought. That doesn’t make it better, just easier.

Retired_Engineer_Jim

Years ago, I had three computers in my office – a PC running DOS, a Sun running a windowing version of Unix, and the original Mac. The Mac was absolutely the least reliable. And when it crashed, it provided that stupid bomb symbol as the only method of debugging it. I was never afraid of the C prompt, so maybe I was biased to working with a computer that gave me some control of the OS.
One of the really enjoyable pastimes in the old days was to sit down at the lunch table and state to the folks that “(pick your OS) sucks”, and then sit back and watch the fun.
Lets take a look at the market share for Wintel computers versus that for Apple computers. I think that the marketplace has spoken.

Gary Kerkin

Lets take a look at the market share for Wintel computers versus that for Apple computers. I think that the marketplace has spoken.

I don’t think the marketplace has spoken for that reason. I believe the primary reason is cost, whether associated with hardware or software. It stems back to the production of the Apple II and the first IBM PC. In the late 1970s the Apple II was based on a single chip—the MC68000—which was so “powerful” that Apple thought the chip could handle the processing and all I/O, whereas the PC was based on the 8085, and later the 8086, which IBM knew could not cope with all the functions. IBM’s solution was to introduce parallel processing to a low power computer—separate boards to handle I/O, one for each of the processes. For some period the PCs outstripped the Apples in performance. There was another important aspect. Apple refused to allow other manufactures to licence their computers. IBM on the other hand licensed their designs and concept to anyone who wished to manufacture a computer. The result was a lot of competition and consequent price war reductions. Those of us who were in the game at that time will remember the substantial price difference between the numerous PCs and the Apple. The game changed a little when the first Mackintosh appeared but although the difference in performance was greatly reduced, the price difference remained.

Microsoft made a fortune from, firstly MSDOS, as opposed to IBM’s PCDOS, and then creating a visual environment. I don’t wish to get into who first produced “windowing”—I don’t really care—Windows and the first Mac appeared at roughly the same time. The big difference was that whereas Windows as an operating system had to cope with all the variations of the PC manufacturers, Apple had to cater for one only. Apple decided to latch on to Unix and adopt its memory partitioning system which has stood it in good stead over the years. Windows on the other hand became more and more “bloated” the more systems it had to cater for and its memory partitioning system was nowhere near as secure as Unix. The “bloating” was the reason for Windows based computers slowing down with each new version.

Which system is the best? Toss a coin. Again, I don’t care. If Windows suits your operations, good for you. If Apple suits you, then good for you.

As to price difference there is another consideration—consumer software. Buy a Windows based computer and you have to pay for your Office suite, unless you choose to use Open Office or something similar. Purchasing a Windows based PC means spending a substantial sum on the latest Office suite of programs (Apps, these days), or a substantial annual subscription to Office 360. If you purchase iMac, or MacBook Pro there is no need to spend anything on an Office type suite. Pages, Numbers, and Keynote come with Mac OS. The price, then, is about the same when buying comparable hardware. Indeed, if you purchase a Surface Pro you will likely spend more than the corresponding MacBook Pro.

My own history is a very pleasant experience with Windows on desktops and laptops until Vista was introduced. My experience with that OS, delivered with a new, upmarket, Dell laptop, was horrible. After struggling for a while, well before the next Windows incarnation was released I purchased another HDD for the laptop and installed Linux (Ubuntu) on it. That continued happily for nearly 10 years until the laptop died. Prior to its death I had purchased a MacBook Pro with which I was very happy, and the Dell continued the rest of its life looking after my weather station. When it died I purchased a cheap HP laptop, pre-installed with Windows 10, to look after the weather station. (There was no way I was going to purchase another MacBook for just one task! I could have used one of the new micro computer systems becoming available, but for the work involved the HP was a better option in my opinion.) I prefer MacOS to Windows 10.

I am a pragmatist and I have reservations about my MacBook, but see my comment earlier https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/12/21/apple-admits-they-throttled-iphones-one-graph-tells-the-whole-story-of-why-they-are-slow/#comment-2699262 about changing out the HDD for an SSD. That gave it a new lease on life! It has restored it to providing an experience similar to my iPad Pro with the bonus of more powerful operations and file handling.

Lest someone wish to pick me up on Office suites, let me say “Horses for courses”. IMO Pages is superior to Word, Keynote is superior to PowerPoint, but Numbers is woefully inadequate compared to Excel. I use the ones that suit me. Outlook I detested and before I switched to Linux I used anything but Outlook for my mail.

menicholas

Glad I am not the only one who understands that they all work fine, and there are various reasons for the differences.
But I like the version of outlook on my at work PC, even if only for the calendar, which allows people in different cities to look at scheduling and add in new service requests and such…but I never wanted to buy office so I never have had it except for free trial periods on my at home machines.
When any of these machines get old they tend to get clunky because newer programs and software versions use more memory. Vista was a terrible OS…everyone hated it. Windows 7 solved all of those problems, which I think were somewhat related to not having enough memory to run the graphics, but I am not sure…I went from XP to 7 and never had any problems except for needing memory upgrades.
A lot of problems people have is due to adware and spyware inserting itself on the machine, and other slowdowns related to crap just accumulating on the memory and disk drive.
Programs like Belkin Advisor (free) and Spybot Search and Destroy (also free) can solve a lot of problems, as can just using the remedies built into windows, but in my experience, most people have ability or desire to learn anything about how to fix machines that stop working properly.

Yirgach

One of the main reasons why there is so much Intel PC as compared to Apple is because IBM published the PC Bios. That level is still there even on Win10 and will never, ever go away. It’s how the the thing works at a very low level. Even though M$ chose to embrace and extend the OS, the underlying glue is still the same. Apple, while it ripped off the OS from BSD, has really never opened the BIOS kimono.
Not too many Apple clones out there, eh?

Rocket surgeon

You have been inhaling too much fumes of facebook-apple-liberal-california swamp. Have you noticed your tits growing bigger lately?

Windows 10 would be nice if it weren’t loaded with bloatware, forced updates and automatically-downloaded game apps from the Windows Store. It might be fine for a non-technical home user to use until it chokes on its own vomit, but from a professional-use viewpoint, Microsoft makes it difficult to manage and support, and bakes in a lot of time-wasters that should not be allowed on a company-provided computer. The only way to have even a semblance of control is to get the Enterprise version which is only available to large, volume-licensed companies. Even the Windows 10 “professional” version is very unprofessional.

Windows 7 is/was a PITA with the UAC nag screens and dumbed-down message boxes that took the toy-like feel of Windows XP to the next level, but Windows 10 is a bridge too far. When a new user logs into a domain-member Windows 10 computer, instead of the simple message at the upper-left of the screen in normal typeface as the profile is built, instead it has to say “Hi.” centered on a blank screen, then another blank screen that says something goofy like “Please wait while we set up your computer for you” (I forget. I want to forget.)

If people would just switch from Microsoft Office to LibreOffice, we could all be running a Linux desktop OS and be done with both Microsoft’s and Apple’s BS. Or switch to Chromebooks and use Google Apps in your browser and be done with f…utzing with the OS layer altogether. I’m disgusted with both Microsoft and Apple.

F. Leghorn

Then stay away from Chromebook. Google is the biggest big brother of all. 😠

Patrick MJD

“jstalewski December 22, 2017 at 4:06 am

Windows 10 would be nice if it weren’t loaded with bloatware, forced updates and automatically-downloaded game apps from the Windows Store. It might be fine for a non-technical home user to use until it chokes on its own vomit, but from a professional-use viewpoint, Microsoft makes it difficult to manage and support, and bakes in a lot of time-wasters that should not be allowed on a company-provided computer. The only way to have even a semblance of control is to get the Enterprise version which is only available to large, volume-licensed companies.”

It’s horrid. Windows 10 Enterprise CB, CBB and LTSB. LTSB is the only version where you don’t get the bloatware applications and the monthly (CB)/8 monthly (CBB) forced updates. It’s a nightmare in the corporate space to manage, especially if being managed by SCCM. And if you have O365, Windows 10 all managed by SCCM, keeping all three up to date and supportable is a full-time job in itself.

observa

Or is it psychosomatic iPhone owners do a slow iPhone query each time a new one is released or Android users and Google are surreptitiously messing with iPhone users heads on the net? This clearly needs more grants to get the bottom of it and an International Panel on Clapped Communicators.

Paul Penrose

If the real reason was to “protect the user” from having the phone shut down unexpectedly due to low battery power (which is possible if the battery is particularly weak and there is a sudden spike in processor usage), then this should have been explained from the outset and presented as a user-selectable option. Transparency is always the best way to handle these things, but then we are talking about Apple. They love to hide things from the users to make it “easier”. In reality they think their average user is an idiot, which is why I don’t use their products. I think this newest revelation is going to leave a mark.

Seriously? A user-selectable option? What would it say? “Allow your phone to crash when you’re using it most. Yes/no.”

Moa

It would do like every other Energy Management system does, have a slider where you can choose “Performance” or “Battery Life”.

It works like that on my MacBook Pro, although my trashcan MacPro doesn’t give that option (since you want to run the dual D700s at full throttle always), and my Windows rig with the GTX 1080 Ti has similar options for power management.

Users are used to choosing this on their laptops and desktops. Apple are shady (too bad nobody makes anything as reliable as OS X, otherwise I’d switch).

Jonny

“In reality they know their average user is an idiot,” Fixed it for you.

TDBraun

Awful, although I will note that Google has done worse stuff than this.

Mike

Please explain. Id like some suggestions on what to search.

Moa

Try this with Google. Search for “American Scientists” (assuming you are in USA or can VPN there). Then click Images. What do you see ?

Now VPN to another location outside and do the same search. What do you see ?

Welcome to 1984. Brought to you by Google.

EternalOptimist

we need to get the onion of concerned scientists onto this, quick

Steve in Seattle

+ 100

NW sage

We already HAVE a consensus!

observa

For those visiting new car showrooms to order Apple Carplay and Android Auto with a side dish of ‘would you like a car with that?’ we Windows phone tragics remain aloof and above it all. That’s because we’re still trying to connect to the Bluetooth machinations of carmakers proprietary offerings for the mentally bewildered.

I have one of those unsupported Windows phones. I’m about to have to give up and go Android. I was holding out for Tizen but it never made it to market.

Crispin in Waterloo but really in Beijing

Blackberry has just announced they are going to extend the life of BB10 by two years. I am not sure that will decrease their effort to get customers to move to their gutted and re-secured android offering but is it perhaps a sign of lingering interest in secure communications.

They had, for a long time, replaceable batteries and their own formulations. The only ones better in my view were Motorola phones, the heavy ones.

The Reverend Badger

Conspiracy theories exist for a reason. A percentage WILL turn out to be the truth once exposed. A larger percentage will also be true but not exposed (yet). This is why the sensible thinkers among us do NOT throw all conspiracy theories into the bin but keep them in a special place ready for further work or further consideration as new things come to light.

You will of course have noticed that there is a HUGE amount of effort that goes into trying to convince you to treat ALL conspiracy theories as the work of nutjobs. Could this effort be organised? Is there a conspiracy to discredit conspiracy theories?

If you think about it for a bit you will know how to find out. YouTube metrics are a valuable source.

With regard to Apple and iPhones I suggest that if you have not yet learned to distrust large corporations then you have some catching up to do. Try digging around Tesla and Space-X as an excercise to start you off.

Bill from Vegas

Wonder how many “Climate” gurus use iPhones? I’d say 97%. The other 3% use rotary dial phones. Do they throttle their Pc’s and iPads too? Never used an Apple product.

F. Leghorn

Not very nice. Probably (okay – almost definitely) correct. But not very nice.

Moa

“Could this effort be organised?”

A good starting point for you is the excellent book “Disinformation” by Lt Gen Ion Mihai Pacepa (the highest ranking defector of the Cold War).

That system is now in place in the “Free” World.

Moderately Cross of East Anglia

Remember…they’ll get you if they want to…

Jeffrey Barker

I agree Reverend,

while a few conspiricy theories can be taken with a pinch of salt a lot of them can be taken more seriously and not just laughed off as ‘cranky’.
I refer to Jesse Ventura for his expose “Is Global Warming a Hoax”. The evil Maurice Strong who held a senior position at the UN was exposed as nothing more than a greedy oil tycoon who fled to China after the ‘oil for food’ scandal.
The show revealed the numerous tactics he employed way back many years such as ‘Only One Earth’ during the 70’s or 80’s (I’m not sure which), in which he pretended to be ‘green’ to further expand his already vast fortune.
Christopher Monkton was on the show to explain his tactics (Strong’s), of him wanting to implement a One World Government (OWG), to do away with our currencies, therefore giving away more of our freedoms.
Thankfully now the b’stards gone but his legacy lives on with the likes of Ben Santer who, admitted to going through leading scientists summaries which concluded there was no significant evidence of human caused global warming. Santer deleted these summaries and substituted his own… (You can fill in the BS here).
Anyway, whilst I’m here, I have never owned any Apple product and nor do I ever intend to. As my late father used to say “I wouldn’t have one as a gift”.

Merry Christmas!

TerryS

The original idea for looking at “iphone slow” search trends seems to have come from Harvard University PhD student Laura Trucco. See this 2014 article.
http://www.zdnet.com/article/does-apple-throttle-older-iphones-to-nudge-you-into-buying-a-new-one/

Maybe it’s the other war around: they release their phones when the old batteries wear out.

michael hart

Has anyone been fired yet for making this admission? That’s usually the gold standard for measuring truthful speaking.

J Martin

If Apple really did it to protect the phone then Apple will now have to make it an option that the user can control. The phones are not Apples property, they are not leased, they have no right to impose speed constraints on users phones without the users consent. But if Apples reasons are shown to be false then it will surely affect their market share.

observa

“The phones are not Apples property”

What desert island do you live on? Dunno about you but with our PCs, Surface tablets, laptops and Lumias Bill and I are bosom buddies although it’s more a case of like Freddy- He’s back again!

Personally I’m looking forward to the day when Bill calls the flock together in Silicon Valley.

‘I have called you all here together to make the big announcement..please, please enough with the washing and kissing of feet…as you know we’ve all been busy here together creating Heaven on earth and I’m pleased to announce I’ve put the last fullstop on the code and that’s it.. Wonders Infinity it is! (Hallelujahs all round) So naturally you’re all dismissed to go back to your individual callings as you won’t be needed anymore as Wonders Infinity will now be available to all online via BillPayola forever more. Amen.’

Yes Virginia, there is a Father Xmas. He’s the poor schmuck paying off the plastic in Jan, Feb, March…

scraft1

Why are talking about this here. Isn’t this a climate blog? Anthony are you just indulging a pet peeve for Apple products?

Ed Moran

@scraft1

About Watts Up With That? News and commentary on puzzling things in life, nature, science, weather, climate change, technology, and recent news by Anthony Watts.

Scraft, you should do a little research before blundering in, insulting people and making a fool of yourself.

scraft1

He defines the blog as a “science news site”.

And who are you, his personal apologist?

Get a life.

F. Leghorn

So scraft? If Wuwt annoys you so much please explain why you are here?

I admit I am assuming you are an Apple user (like Rush Limbaugh – sorry, couldn’t help rubbing it in)

menicholas

“Why are talking about this here”
To piss of some jerks who mostly just lurk but every once in a while speak up and let us know it is working.

Do they slow down their older lap top’s connection to the internet?

Gary Kerkin

Could well do so, Jim. I have a mid-2012 MacBook Pro. Came fitted with a 500GB HDD. As the years past it became progressively slower starting Apps. So much that it was annoying. I didn’t correlate it with OS upgrades but it would be easy to assume it. I solved my problem by replacing the HDD with a 500GB SSD (from Amazon at less than $200). The upgrade in performance was notable. Apps that were taking upwards of a minute to load were suddenly up on screen waiting for input in a tenth of the time. Full boot time is around about 30-40seconds; Word for Mac takes 3-4 seconds; Pages loads in about 5 seconds. This prompts me to ask whether successive OS versions require more disk accesses which would give the appearance of the computer slowing.

Moa

Newer versions of Mac OS X have programs which are larger in size and have more resources. You notice this a great deal with spinning rust drives, which are painful when doing ‘seek’ operations.

SSDs have seek operations that are nearly 1000 times faster than spinning rust HDDs. The streaming transfer speed may or may not be faster as it is generally limited by the connection speed. But a HDD might have a transfer rate between 50 – 100 MB/s. A recent internally RAID-ed OWC SSD I put in my Mac Pro ‘trashcan’ gets around 20 times that.

Hard disks are slow and get fragmented. Programs get larger. This is nothing sinister from Apple, Microsoft or the Linux distros.

You changed to SSD and noticed the huge performance boost in seek times and transfers. That is not at all the same as Apple throttling performance in software on older phones.

Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7

When better technology becomes available, desktop makers will use it. As SSDs become more and more common, developers stop noticing the performance degradation of their new software on rotating drives. It’s not deliberate; it’s just that the priority is always going to be on new features and a glitzy appearance. So the effort required to optimize performance for old storage technology is seen as less and less important to market acceptance.

The same thing happens with websites — try using one over a 1.5 Mbit DSL line. That used to deliver quite acceptable experience but not today. Hell, I remember when the Computer Science and Engineering departments at Yale University were all connected to the internet over a single 56 Kbit SDLC line. Back in the days of ASCII text for email, that was sufficient.

This really pisses me off. I’ve been a long time Apple fan and this stunt is just wrong.

I hope somebody starts a class-action suit that forces them to stop doing this OR letting us know if we want to turn this option on.

catweazle666

Not just Apple.

Since retiring from real engineering due to breeding, I’ve been using and supporting Micro$oft Windows since it appeared (I still have my Windows (no version no.) SDK – complete with 5 1/4 floppies.

I and many others are firmly of the opinion that when a new version of Windows is released the upgrades for the previous version very definitely slow it down and (possibly) reduce its stability.

Of course, we could be mistaken…

F. Leghorn

Newer versions (i.e. “larger” versions) require newer (faster) hardware to run as fast as older versions (yes, tighter code is better but it is really hard).

People want more functionality to justify the expense of upgrading. Software developers want money for writing new software. Win-win? Lose-lose?

Sometimes the only answer is “life’s a b***h and then you need a new computer”.

catweazle666

“Newer versions (i.e. “larger” versions) require newer (faster) hardware to run “

Of course they do but that’s not my point, which is that service packs and especially patches issued towards the end of life of an OS have a suspicious tendency to reduce both the performance and reliability of the system, which is arguably intentional to persuade the user of the necessity to upgrade to the latest OS.

TheLastDemocrat

Frankly, for the productivity, and the ease, and wide variety of programs, I think it is a great deal to pay $100 for a new version of Windows every 3 or 4 years.

catweazle666

“I think it is a great deal to pay $100 for a new version of Windows every 3 or 4 years”

A great deal more than $100 by the time you’ve paid someone to get all the printers, scanners, comms packages and whatnot reconfigured so the user can actually use them…

Gary Kerkin

I think it is a great deal to pay $100 for a new version of Windows every 3 or 4 years.

I have updated my MBP with every version from OS X Mountain Lion to the current version Mac OS High Sierra at no additional cost.

Kenji

My entire family (5of us) had iPhone 5’s … I would STILL have it … if it hadn’t become so buggy, weak, and unreliable. Same with every other one owned by my family members. Their iPhone 5’s had become so Awful that ALL HAD to pony-up and buy iPhone 8’s last year. I suppose this crop of iPhones will CRASH right around the launch of the iPhone XI

I believe it is time to return to a “dumb” flip-phone. Something FREE (again) with my carrier contract … or I’ll just buy a basket of “burner” drug-dealer phones.

Latitude

I got rid of the TV…..went back to a flip….and never been happier 🙂

Kenji

I admire you …

Crispin in Waterloo but really in Beijing

I have never trusted that company, and never used one of their products, and will never buy one of them. Apple is most famous for joining a very short list of companies that invented new ways to turn materialism and waste into profit.
The first is the guy who invented planned obsolescence in 1926 creating a vast industry-wide conspiracy to reduce the lifetime of light bulbs from 2500 hrs at the time to <1000 hrs, a secret agreement that endured across all major producers about 1995.
The second is GM which invented selling planned obsolescence as a fashion statement in 1955 – buy a new car you don't need in order to make a fashion statement.
The third is Apple which invented the planned obsolescent iPod with a crappy 13 month battery life as a fashion accessory that you would throw away after one year: disposable, obsolescent fashion technology designed to induce the customer to set aside a monthly budget permanently hooking them to an obscure, proprietary 'community of users'.
Trapped inside the system, product owners find themselves hostage to a weak battery (that is what those charging stations are for at airports: iPhone users trying to get through the business day. Now we see the double edged sword: the built-in obsolescence battery starts to fall from its modest capacity and the company slowly squeezes the performance with 'free updates' to force the stranded user into buying a new model or risk losing their accumulated 'cloud services'.
This is a new low standard of unethical behavior eclipsing even that of Siemens, GE, GM and Enron. Apple is also the US's largest tax cheat/avoider in history. Why am I not surprised?
I see a big opportunity to file the largest law suit in history. If you want a better phone for a lot less, get a KeyOne and avoid all three social pathologies.

BillT

WOW, what short memory, or just young.

MS DOS persisted with the 520 K [?] memory limit even after windows was launched, long after others could read large memories. MS DOS and Windows were so pitiful users had to upgrade to every new offering but each one was only an incremental improvement on what went before. W 98 was the first MS OS that met basic expectations. Microsoft is still public enemy No 1 in my mind. A terrible company selling terrible products while making a fortune.

F. Leghorn

MS is that, yes. Apple is the standard in “corporatism”. Jobs taught it to Gates.

Welcome to reality.

F. Leghorn

oh btw – companies selling “terrible products” don’t survive for decades. Much less capture 90% of the market.

BillT

squiggy9000

I assume you never tried to run MS Word on W3.

640K. IBM wanted the IBM PC to be “ten times better than the Commodore 64”. It was an albatross on the neck of the Intel platform for years – 640K, then “upper memory” IIRC reserved for various drivers and crap up to 1024K (1MB), and using himem.sys? to load DOS high to make more room in conventional memory for programs to run, and having to deal with assorted kludges by various third-party vendors for years in order to get at anything over 1 MB. Yeah, 1 MB, not GB! Pretty strong evidence in support of Moore’s Law’s memory corollary.

observa

Whoa up can’t let the everlasting light bulb conspiracy go through to the keeper-
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longest-lasting_light_bulbs
Those old Edison globes chewed too much power so naturally there was an economic trade-off between running cost vs depreciation as they developed finer filaments and before the demise of the traditional light globe, you could buy specific use long lasting ones where the cost of changing them (ie difficult access) brooked large in the overall economics of them.

Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7

CiWbriB:

I think you’re going a bit overboard. Companies have been using fashion to promote sales since forever. GM and Apple are no different. Give Steve Jobs and Apple their due: they created a workable and affordable realization of Alan Kay’s Dynabook. That someone else would have done it eventually doesn’t diminish the achievement. If you recall, at the time just about all the technology pundits predicted it would be a flop because “what does Apple know about telephony?”

Telecommunication service is better, cheaper and vastly more portable today than when I used to spend hours in the Telephone exhibit hall at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry in the 60s. Apple deserves at least some credit for moving the technology along to this point.

You don’t have to buy the $700+ phone from Apple or Samsung to reap the benefits, just as you don’t have to buy a Mercedes or BMW to get wherever you need to go. In any competitive market there will be value providers and fashion providers. Apple aims to create products with a unique user experience cheaper competitors can’t match and they appeal to consumers who want to feel special. Sometimes I appreciate their devotion to design excellence and sometimes I deplore it when usability and durability are sacrificed.

The KeyOne (Blackberry) is selling on Amazon for about $450. Granted, less than an iPhone but I still don’t see this as cheap, particularly when there are smartphones to be had for less than $100.

Fashion sells. Maybe in an ideal world it shouldn’t, but it always has and I see no reason that will change. Speaking of Beijing — try to find a Mao suit for sale anywhere. That was the epitome of utility over fashion, and it disappeared once more fashionable dress became available and politically safe.

markl

How to go from conspiracy theory to truth in a micro second. “Conspiracy theory” is a favorite go to for AGW supporters when confronted with facts supporting the UN using AGW to cripple Capitalism.

J

Just the way a Windows computer gradually bogs down over time, so people replace the malware infested, dust filled, bloated machine.
‘Search google for “Windows rot”

menicholas

The solution is back up all your files and reset the machine to original factory condition. Works like a charm

How many people are going to be bothered doing that? Not that what you are saying is incorrect, but Windows ain’t worth it.

menicholas

Aint worth it?
Considering the choice is between buying a new machine and applying an easy fix to what you already have, that makes no sense.
Anyone who has stuff they need ought to already have everything backed up, and if they do not, it is a good time to do it.
I imagine there are few people that do not have any files on their computer they would hate to suddenly lose.

Steve C

Windows decay was noted long ago. If you are a Windows user and haven’t yet read Verity Stob’s “State of Decay” (2002), I can recommend it wholeheartedly. FWIW, I generally give up on a machine at somewhere around Cruft Force 6-7, as life gets a bit too “sporting” much beyond that.

menicholas

I had to look that up…Cruft Force 6-7.
Funny.
Not hysterically funny, but somewhat amusing.

“Verity Stob has developed a new tool that will help you make rapid diagnoses of sick PCs. A rolling computer gathers “cruft.” When you spot a class interface that is no longer used by any client, but that nobody dare delete, that’s cruft. It is also the word “seperate,” added to a spellchecker’s private dictionary in a moment of careless haste, and now waiting for a suitably important document. Cruft is the cruel corruption and confusion inevitably wrought by time upon all petty efforts of humankind. There.

At Laboratoires Stob, we have been working on the cruft crisis for a while. Recalling the maxim “to control a problem you must first measure it,” we have devised a suitable metric, an index of cruftidity”

That gets one “ha”, but not a “haha”.
Definitely not a LOL, let alone a LMAO, and under no circumstances do I imagine anyone is ROFLMFAO.

Stevek

Lawsuit.

Gary from Chicagoland

I love Apple products but now I know not to upgrade the OS system. I suspected the upgraded OS slow down our iPads, but now I know for sure. Perhaps that was the marketing of the free OS upgrades?

Sam

This is the same theory I have had about razor blades. When a new blade is released, the old ones continue to be mfg. The question is, are the old blades less sharper than the new ones so the user moves up to the new model? What do you think? No specific mfg.

PSU-EMS-Alum

[SNIP – accusing the blog owner of “malfeasance” (4 times!) for expressing an opinion won’t fly here -MOD]

PSU-EMS-Alum

Four times because it was warranted.

The blog owner has made claims whose accuracy are on the level of Big Al’s “millions of degrees” comment and passed them off as facts. The integrity of this site demands that such transgressions do not stand unquestioned.

I laid out exactly why it’s not some grand conspiracy.
In this short of a story there were 4 major flaws upon which Anthony’s published opinion was based.

That means either he didn’t understand the situation enough, yet still chose to publish those conclusions, or understood it perfectly well, ignored the facts, and published.

In other words, either the author didn’t live up to the obligation of a standard of truth this site demands or the post was intentionally misleading…. in either case, it’s a big failure of trust.

[MODS put this in que until I could respond to it. They tell me your original comment contained an accusation of malfeasance (4 times) against me on your part. You can think whatever you want, but I’m not required to accept abuse. If you’d bothered to follow the links to the article I quoted, you’d see the word “conspiracy” is attributed to that article, not my words, so abusing me for quoting an article you don’t like really doesn’t cut it here. My addition was the graph, which shows that every time there’s a new iPhone release, searches about “iPhone slow” spike. It suggests people are having issues with their current product. The battery issue, even if Apple meant no harm and was trying to save customers from DOA’s/reboots, is entirely their fault, whether by design (planned obsolescence) or by accident, they should have notified customers of the issue.

A simple notice like this: “Is your current iPhone slowing down? That’s because we throttle performance to prevent your phone from draining the battery as it ages, a new battery will restore your performance. BTW our new iPhone Z is also coming.”

But they didn’t do that. Many times. That’s no accident, nor incompetence on their part, that’s a built in design. If this happened once maybe twice, you could write it off as a mistake, but clearly it’s not a simple mistake, but a business decision that repeats like clockwork every time a new iPhone is released. The faithful to Apple might say, “oh, they’d never do that, they care about their customers!” The fact is, their business model relies on people buying new phones every year. The battery issue was a convenient cover, making ti look like they were doing something altruistic for customers, and maybe that was the original intent, but the graph says it became a regular practice with the side effect of boosting sales of new iPhones. It’s no wonder they didn’t want to tell anyone, that battery bug and fix became a sales feature.

As to conspiracy, we’ll let the courts decide, because there’s already a lawsuit over this issue afoot. http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/12/21/apple-being-sued-over-slowing-down-older-iphones.html

Feel free to be as upset as you wish, but don’t accuse me personally of “malfeasance”, especially while hiding behind a made-up name to hide your identity. If you are so confident, put your name to your accusations. Otherwise, you’re just another anonymous coward with a gripe.

Merry Christmas – Anthony Watts]

Mike O

But wouldn’t you expect old hardware to slow down as new software is introduced? If you look at the growth of total lines of code for operating systems over time, you would expect it to run slower on the same hardware. Try putting Windows 10 on a very old machine. Couple that with how Li-ion batteries and you have a reason to throttle it.

Three observations from a former senior Mot exec and long time Apple user, from the former inside.
1. Never upgrade from a stable system (Hw/Sw) until that system collapses of obsolescence. Then do a complete HW/SW changeout, not a partial upgrade as here. There are simply too many moving parts. That is why gens and gen x builds are released as betas.
2. Never do a partial upgradenof a stable system. It will always go crazy in some bug later found.
3. batteries degrade. Get used to that, and figure out how to replace them without system SW/Hw changes, or resign to be led by the nose by the Apple/Google/Samsung types on minimsl functional upgrades cause batteries always degrade.

ossqss

Apple, the “Walled Garden Company” that makes it very hard for you to ever escape with anything you use or buy from them. Well, you virtually have to pay for everything Apple, now that I think about it. Try this. Compare how much an Apple person pays for the same free Android apps. Want to take your purchased media with you to a non-Apple device? Good luck….. How many of their over 500,000 employees work in China anyhow? Yep, that number would suprise most folks.
http://c8.alamy.com/comp/CR549Y/cut-apple-rotten-inside-CR549Y.jpg

Crispin in Waterloo but really in Beijing

What’s worse than finding a worm if you apple?

Half a worm.

If you own Apple stock (and you do if you have any mutual fund, ETF or pension fund), then you should like what Apple is doing to keep its revenue rising.

It is, after all, the biggest company in the world in terms of market value and net income.

20 years ago, many many companies had higher value. Today, it is Apple alone and all the financial data says it is not over-valued at all. Maybe the iPhone X doesn’t quite sell as good as is projected and then that will change. But all the other mobile devices are just not as good. In the next two years, you will want to own the X.

Apple has added more value to the human experience than any other company. That is why ii is worth so much. That is why we should respect and value what Apple has done. They might screw with us every now and again like they are doing with the old phones, but they have changed your daily life experience to the better more than any other company has done. That is why they worth so much.

markl

Bill Illis commented: “Apple has added more value to the human experience than any other company.” To the “human experience”? Really Bill? More than IBM, Intel, US Steel, Standard Oil, etc. name all the companies that Apple’s existence is owed to and think again.

Hivemind

Xerox PARC first commercialise the windowing operating system. Apple simply took their work and cheapened it so ordinary people could afford it.

RicDre

Both Windows and the MAC OS were rip-offs of the XEROX PARC windowed operating system. The problem with XEROX, as Steve Jobs said, was that they were “Copier heads” and didn’t know what they had.

F. Leghorn

How hard is it to be the most profitable company in the world if your business model is slave labor? Foxconn?

Moa

“Slave Labor” ?
I believe the labor is engaged on a voluntary basis.

Any one of the labor force are free to leave and create a product that supersedes Apple’s (assuming Apple’s products are as terrible as you suggest). All of us are.

Or are you just doing some cheap anti-Free Market virtue signalling using the Cultural Marxist meme of “exploitation of the workers”.

It is *impossible* to exploit workers in an actual Free Market with voluntary exchange. Nobody engages in transactions unless both sides feel they are getting what they want from the deal.

The exploitation of workers happen in non-Free Market systems, where State force is used to engage in *involuntary* transactions. This exploitation is inherent in all ‘socialist’ systems, which are predicated on State force enslaving citizens for the benefit of the political ‘elites’ who run the State.

So spare us with the “slave labor” slander. The Chinese have a choice to work for Foxconn or not, and people are desperate to get jobs there because conditions are *better* than elsewhere in the socialist ‘Workers Paradise’ that numptys have no clue about the actual reality of socialist slavery.

F. Leghorn

Sure they have a choice. Many of the workers choose suicide over seven days a week and fourteen hour days. So yeah, in leftist-world they have a choice.

schitzree

(not sure if /sarc)
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Christopher Chantrill

I always say that Apple is for the 1%, not for the likes of me.

Dog

No, their advertising strategy is to make it appear as though it’s for the 1% which makes it especially appealing to youth as a status symbol.
In reality, what you’re paying for is the body of a luxury car with the engine of a buggy.

Dog

I don’t like to leave comments without supporting evidence of my claims so here’s an example:

Lets take the Mac Pro and see what we can build for the same price:

https://www.apple.com/mac-pro/specs/

Starting Price: $2999

Since it’s tiny, we’ll go with a Mini ITX build:

Chassis:
https://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Obsidian-250D-Mini-Case/dp/B00HFRTF5W/
PSU:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00M2UINT6?pd_rd_i=B00M2UIXX2
GPU:
https://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GeForce-Graphic-Cards-GV-N1080IX-8GD/dp/B076MRH446/
Mobo:
https://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-GA-Z270N-Gaming-LGA1151-Mini-ITX-Motherboard/dp/B06X1FJBCH/
CPU:
https://www.amazon.com/Intel-Unlocked-Skylake-Processor-BX80662I76700K/
MEM:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018GK2G9S/
SSD:
https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-960-PRO-Internal-MZ-V6P512BW/
Cooler:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019955W7C?pd_rd_i=B019955RNQ

Subtotal (7 items): $1,909.17

For a thousand bucks less, you get WAY the hell more performance.

Lance Wallace

Dog–

2 of your links lead to dog pix

Dog

@Lance Wallace

That’s hilarious!

Sorry, I rushed it and tried to cut the link size down and screwed up since for whatever reason Amazon guy rid of the share link function that auto-shrinks them down:

CPU:

https://www.amazon.com/Intel-Desktop-Processor-i7-7700K-BX80677I77700K/dp/B01MXSI216/

SSD:

https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-960-PRO-Internal-MZ-V6P1T0BW/dp/B01LYRCIPG/

Price adjusted since I wanted to try and reach $2999:

Subtotal (8 items): $2,352.48

Dog

For an almost an exact replica of the Mac Pro at its starting price:

Mobo:
https://www.amazon.com/ASRock-Mini-Motherboards-X99E-ITX-AC/dp/B00VTFA2QM/
$190 (out of stock atm)
CPU:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MU045JU/
MEM:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017NW5NZY/
SSD:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OAJ412U/
GPU x2:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0093HV4N8/
PSU:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00M2UIXX2/
Chassis:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LA6WXEO/

Subtotal = $2013

Some of the parts they list for the Mac Pro are out dated such as the memory and GPU so the ones I list above have slightly better specs.

menicholas

For three grand you can get a seriously sick PC, that is for sure.

Hans-Georg

“CPU:
https://www.amazon.com/Intel-Unlocked-Skylake-Processor-BX80662I76700K/

Take AMD Ryzen 7 1700, this is much cheaper and you will not notice the difference in performance as a normal human being. If so, then it can only be measured in milliseconds.

Gary Pearse.

I’m one of the dinosaurs whose computer at graduation was a slide rule so my thoughts may be off the mark on this, although I seem to have been fair to good in the majority of my reading of ‘tells’. I’ve been sceptical by inclination for as far back as I can remember and that’s probably a factor. Anyway, here it is re Apple.

I’ve long thought, probably because of a) the cubby, fraternal loyalty and zeal of Apple users and their enthralment with each and every new gadget at scary prices – hey these people have huge discussion groups, chats, etc. etc. They are family. b) i never met an academic, humanities graduate, MSM employee, school teacher.. who didn’t belong to the ‘Family’. Okay, these ‘tells’ tell me that (the majority of them) vote left, have ‘progressive’ (post normal meaning) worldviews, yadda yadda.

With the revelation of sneakiness, we can add the strongest tell of all, c) Entitlement! Apple is big on entitlement. So, I don’t think I’m going to get away with this quietly, but I sure would like to know if I have this mostly correct.

Hivemind

100% correct.

Nigel S

The black roll neck jumper was the biggest ‘tell’.

1. Apple Inc.
With a market capitalization of $868.8 billion, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has made for one of the greatest investing stories in history.
1. Largest publicly traded company in the U.S. I like Apple. They’ll be fine. Apple loyalists and all.
If you own an S & P 500 index fund, almost 3% of that money is Apple stock.

Dog

Well, I’m glad Apple fans are happy but for those who are technophiles, they just don’t deliver a product that will ever meet our standards in customization, security, speed, and performance. And with the recent revelations, they remind us why they never will…

Dog

Proud owner of an unlocked/rooted Nexus 6 that’s rocking Darkrom which is way the hell faster and more secure than stock:

https://forum.xda-developers.com/nexus-6/development/rom-dark-rom-t3580215

Never will I buy a phone that doesn’t give me complete control.

It came time to pay for a new laptop for the college son. I asked him, what do your science profs use? MacBook with no hesitation about the cost. He’s STEM.

F. Leghorn

Now I’m scared. Stem?

If the leftist crowd have bought off real scientists we are doomed.

Hivemind

“The reputation damage…, will likely linger for a decade.”

I have never bought an iPhone, simply because Apple’s founder was a sociopath. He behaved like one and he built the corporate culture to also behave like one.

iPhones also need a hard reset now and then – that’s part of the slow-down. You all have heard of this, right:

https://www.igeeksblog.com/how-to-clear-ram-and-speed-up-iphone-ipad-quickly/

menicholas

It is a great stock, and hacking their own customers phones is really messed up but marketing genius.
Evil genius, but genius nonetheless.
AAPL may be a SELL here.

menicholas

Recall what happened to Cony when it was revealed that they were installing a root kit into any computer that played one of their CDs?
That was the end of them as a successful and growing company.
People are very clear on how they feel about a company that acts like they own your equipment.

menicholas

Sorry, Sony.

Hugs

Conny BMG, right? I remember that too, never buy anything branded Sony. Installing a rootkit is something so absolutely moralfree that it is only some inadequate laws that prevented them from going paws up. But the trouble is, corporations like Apple are very similar in that respect. As said, Jobs was behaving sociopathically and his company is something I deeply hate even when I admire their good reliability and apparently flawless software. It is just that they decieve you. And cash.

BTW, I’m using android that’s chitty but at least it is not trying to own me. Just steal my location, microphone, phone book and email contacts.

+++

I believe Apple was caught trowsers dow – they are not slowing the devices to keep the battery live, but to cripple the experience without admitting a weak inbuilt battery.

ghl

Surely this should all just be settings in low battery detection software?

dodgy geezer

For a long time, Microsoft Windows has run slower and slower as it ages, until it becomes unusable – typically over a 5-year period. This is due to a variety of internal design decisions.

The fact that the operating system becomes unusable at about the same time as the next version is due out is, of course, a complete coincidence……

menicholas

Any issues I have ever had with PCs running Windows versions 7 or later have been completely fixed by backing up all files on an external hard drive and then doing a system restore to original factory condition.
Then install updates. Then transfer files you want to have back on your PC back to your PC.
Most of the recent problems I have had involved upgrades to the newest versions of Windows 10, on machines that did not have Windows 10 to begin with.
Some older machines do not have enough memory to run newer software and operating systems efficiently, but there are also other problems with machines just getting clogged up or weighted down with stuff than accumulates somewhere in the machine.
Restoring them has invariably fixed them for me.
I do not have any really expensive or fancy machines, just ones I assembled from off the shelf components.
Adding as much memory as your machine has slots and the ability to utilize does not hurt either, and is very inexpensive.

ChrisZ

There is NO REASON WHY any computer system should slow down over time unless altered – after all there is no physical wear as in a gearbox or something. Just don’t allow it to download and install updates and other alterations unless inevitable for a certain task you are doing. The only such thing I can think of in my windows machine is a few webpages demanding the latest version of Flash and/or Java. Among professional uses (mostly audio processing and an archival database in my case): NOTHING. Software is installed, software is running, when I close down the machine tonight and restart it tomorrow morning, everything will behave and react just the same. I don’t even need an internet connection to do the important stuff. Have long ago set up a “throwaway” laptop to handle emails and web browsing that can be reset to factory state without qualms because there’s nothing irreplaceable on it (downloaded documents and files are moved to the offline workstation via external SSD drives physically moved from one machine to the other). OS? WinXP on the workstation – 100% reliable except for hardware failures (!) for well over 10 years now – and Win7 on the laptop, downgraded from Win8.1 which wasa a PITA. Apple? Wouldn’t touch it with a bargepole, not for any “moral” reason, but because NO working equivalents exist to dozens of tools I am using daily (for others, the difference is measured in four-digit dollar amounts, also prohibitive for a small business like mine…..). A friend of mine, wanting to “do it right”, invested in a desktop Mac some years ago, wanting to a bit of the same stuff I am doing – restoring audio from old 78rpm records – and was almost immediately stumped because everything that produces pro-quality results in this field wasn’t available for Apple OS. Ended up with running a virtual WinXP (or was it Win7) box inside the Mac HAHA…..

menicholas

No doubt most if not all problems that are not hardware failures are because of being connected to the internet.
Since most people I know have computers primarily for doing stuff involving the internet, and because of viruses and spyware and such, you have to install all of the patches and updates etc.
And do periodic maintenance.
I originally intended to have one machine that I never connected to the internet, or rarely, but I found I did not have the patience or discipline to be switching machines all day…to much hassle.
They are machines, stuff happens.
It is a dirty world out there, and hackers and viruses are a fact of life.
So it is important to know how to fix problems when they arise…for me anyway.
I have never been one to decide not to learn how to do a thing.

CodeTech

I’ve never owned an apple phone, computer, or tablet. I once had an old ipod, but I got it for cheap.
However… my brother gave my mom his old iphone 5 something when he got a new one (he’s already rushed out and got the x, waste of $)
I’ve spent more time trying to help my mom use that worthless pile of garbage…. apple seems intent on ignoring all UI standards. Almost every time my mom tries sending a text she ends up in some balloons submenu that I only just figured out where it came from.

apple is the worst tech company ever. But they’re still a good investment, because they alone have figured out how to get the low IQ image-conscious “sheep” to like their mediocre products. I’ve had every “feature” my brother is bragging about on his new x for 2 years on my Nexus 6. 4K video, large hi-res screen, great battery life, etc. Android for me.

menicholas

Ditto.
Android phones are fantastic.
I have had several over the years.
One year I bought the one that had the best camera, another time I wanted the brightest screen, another time the biggest screen.
The ones that have come out in the past few years from Samsung or Motorola are amazing.
Ones older than that I have had slow down to the point of being almost unusable when I accidently allowed the phone to install a new version of the OS.
It may be that the upgrade to Three Musketeers from the O’Henry bar OS was not the problem, but I have had instant problems in the past when this was done.

Manfred Schropp

There seems to be a 97% consensus here that Apple has been misbehaving. I believe the consensus is wrong and Anthony’s graph above is comparing apples and cookies. 🙂 Here is why.

Every time Apple releases a new iPhone it also releases a new and more capable OS. Hence the spikes in Anthony’s chart. iPhone owners tend to upgrade to the new OS very very fast compared to Android owners. Therefor you would have the combination of a new OS on an older smartphone with most iPhones running the newest version of the OS. That tends to slow older iPhones down, but it also gives them more capabilities.

The same does not apply to Android. Apart from some high end smartphones from Samsung and a few other companies with a very small market share most Android phones never get an OS upgrade. Most Android phones are cheap throwaway devices and often they are not able to be upgraded to the newest OS and tend not to be supported by their maker for more than a year or two.

In other words, there is a huge fragmentation in OS versions in the Android world, just as there is a huge fragmentation as far as hardware is concerned. There are probably several dozen versions out there with a hugely varying adoption rate on a widely varying hardware. Just google it to see for yourself.

THAT IS WHY YOU WOULD FIND FEW ANDROID OWNERS GOOGLING THE ISSUE OF A SLOW ANDROID PHONE.

Most just buy a new device once their phone company gives them a new subsidised one. Just like you experience a slow PC, and eventually, after a much longer timeframe a slow Mac respectively, after multiple OS upgrades, you also experience a slower iPhone. It just doesn’t have the hardware specs to deal with new OS capabilities after several years.

Apple supports its Macs and iPhones, iPads, iPods much much longer with OS upgrades than what you would be able to run with acceptable speed on a PC or Android. That speaks highly of Apple. You all who complain about Apple should complain about lack of OS upgrade support from Android device manufacturers.

Regarding an earlier comment about a 13 month planned obsolescence of iPods, I never experienced that. I always had mine for years until I would eventually forget them on a plane along with my Bose headphones. I still have one with the chip of the iPhone 5S, and while it doesn’t run the newest OS it is still a darn fine device that does what I want it to do.

I have owned the iPhone types 3G, 4, 4S, 5S, 6S Plus, and 7. I have never been forced into an automatic OS upgrade. Apple doesn’t do that. I suspect a fat finger somewhere. My old iPhone 5S is still in use by my nephew’s girlfriend. It is more than four years old and the battery still works well. You probably don’t find too many Android devices of that age and functionality.

To me Apple’s explanation has credibility.

menicholas

“The same does not apply to Android. Apart from some high end smartphones from Samsung and a few other companies with a very small market share most Android phones never get an OS upgrade. Most Android phones are cheap throwaway devices and often they are not able to be upgraded to the newest OS and tend not to be supported by their maker for more than a year or two.”

This is exactly opposite all of my experience.
Android phones always try to upgrade themselves to the newest candy bar from Google.
Otherwise you are correct…new OS on old phone with old chip and less memory manes it will run slower…plus by then the battery is getting old and no longer holds a full charge…but that does not slow a phone down.

Manfred Schropp

Menicholas – That may be certainly true for your specific phone model. But while the Android phone may attempt an upgrade, the specific OS upgrade may depend on the manufacturer of the phone making OS upgrades available that work with your model. Samsung is pretty good in that regard. But they are more high end than others. Other OEMs slap some components together and do not much care about support and neither do their owners.

When you look at the fragmented state of Android OS out there the fact is that a huge number of devices never get upgraded by their owners. Many people don’t care and just want a phone that makes calls, sends messages, and snaps pictures. They couldn’t care less about OS upgrades. My point was that this is why you do not see those spikes in Anthony’s graph wrt Android as you see with iOS. There is a benign explanation for those spikes in iOS.

A new OS puts almost always a higher demand on an older phone in terms of processing requirements and this puts a higher demand on the battery and it lends credibility to Apple’s reason for slowing down the phone. I’d rather have a somewhat slower phone than one that crashes.

Menicholas, I appreciate your factual and polite reply. I wish online discussions were always that polite.

Gary Pearse.

All very fine Manfred, but Apple was caught out and have admitted their crime. This is what the left does every time. Brazenly overwhelms the conversation as a dodging tactic Get real. Drop Alinsky’s rules and simply admit that you can be wrong sometimes. Be mad about being manipulated. ‘Progressive’ elites are manipulating all the time – I’d hate to think you don’t know this.

Manfred Schropp

Gary, please see Tony Swash’s excellent comment at 3:14 AM of which I quote a few elements below:

Tony Swash says:

“Second – Apple has not been slowing down older iPhones. What is has done is introduce a throttling system used in very specific and episodic situations where iPhones with older partially worn out batteries encounter peak system utilisation (a relatively rare event) which without the episodic throttling could cause the iPhone to suddenly shut down due to lack of power. Once the peak usage passes the throttling is turned off. Most of the time the throttling isn’t implemented because most of the time older iPhones with worn out batteries are not being used at full system capacity. Obviously the more worn out a battery is the more like it is likely to encounter an event that requires throttling but even a very worn out battery is highly unlikely to require permanent throttling.

Third – this episodic throttling will almost always show up in benchmarking exercises as benchmarking software is intended to test the maximum system performance and will thus almost certainly trigger precisely the circumstances which trigger the throttling. The benchmarking software does not replicate normal everyday usage.”

I am not gifted enough in commenting software (as I rarely comment) to post a direct link to the comment which is much longer and includes much pertinent information, but it should be easy to find.

I think Tony’s comment should put to rest any thoughts of a conspiracy here. That said, I always must hold my nose whenever I buy an Apple product due to Al Gore being on their board.

Also, please see Pic Werme’s excellent comment at 6:13 AM regarding what ifixit.org found.

Dave in Canmore

“I have never been forced into an automatic OS upgrade.”

Quite true but I ceased to be an Apple fan when in order for my phone, my home computer and my itunes to sync up properly, updates became unavoidable. In a sense some updates became effectively automatic since I really had no choice if I wanted to retain the functionality of my devices.
This was once a wonderful part of the Apple user experience: consistency. A new OS would come out and everything previously was supported. But Apple got greedy. They realized that they could make me replace my incredibly powerful and functional home computer by making it not pair with my new iphone without a newest itunes that only runs on the latest OS which barely runs on my super powerful desktop.

That’s when I threw away 20 years of Apple customer satisfaction and vowed never to buy anything Apple again. This latest news is just consistent behavior from a company that turned its back on its customers years ago.

Manfred Schropp

Hi Dave!

You have a good point there but I think technology has moved in a different direction. It has been about 18 months since I have backed up my iPhone to a computer or synched with iTunes. When I moved to Europe last year I gave my iMac (3 TB fusion drive) to a friend in Sacramento and currently only use a late 2012 MacBook Air with a 500 GB SSD. I am planning to buy a new iMac in late 2018 when my new permanent digs are ready for move in. Right now I don’t need the clutter.

My iPhone has 256 GB, and while it is not nearly full it would still eat up too much space on a backup. My MacBook Air is too small to hold a local backup of my iPhone. But it is not needed. Between automatic cloud synching of photos, files, music (Music Match), etc. between my iPhone, iPad, Apple TV 4, and my Mac, and Mac OS moving files automatically to the cloud with 2 TB storage or downloading it when needed, it is a seamless experience; at least it has been for me. Dropbox works like a charm. Dropbox Pro (which I do not have yet but eventually will get) gives you control over files in the cloud and on your device. Mind you, I still have a number of old fashioned HDDs on which I keep multiple MBA backups of all files. I don’t trust iCloud THAT much. In addition I have files on HDDs and DVDs that are not routinely connected to my Mac on which I store files. I am a big believer in redundancy, flexibility, and security.

I came to Europe with an unlocked iPhone 6S Plus with 256 GB which I gave to my niece. I backed it up to iCloud and download all the files to my new iPhone 7 as needed. I have a 200 mb/s download and 100 mb/s upload fiberoptic link with very low latency. I actually didn’t restore from the backup as I didn’t want all my US apps on my new phone. I selectively downloaded the apps I wanted from the US app store and then got the other ones I wanted from the German app store to which I switched. It didn’t affect any data stored in iCloud.

That said, I wish I could download apps or TV shows, movies, etc. from any store. But this is something that plagues everybody regardless of OS due to regional licensing rights. That is the next thing they need to change.

In 2006 I switched from Windows to Mac. I have never looked back. I always used to provide free tech support for my less technically inclined friends for their Windows computers. They were always a complete mess and I was sometimes fixing three PCs in a single day. My Windows PCs (I go back to DOS 2.0 and used to build my own PCs and also ran OS2 from IBM, which was very hardware sensitive) were fine, but they did require a lot of maintenance including boot-up file editing, etc., as well as a bit of knowledge. Eventually I switched almost all my friends to the Mac. After that my tech support burden declined dramatically. Those PCs mostly ran XP back in the day. I never used Windows Vista, although it was a fine program if you disabled all the services you didn’t need via admin tools. I ran Windows 7 for a while on a partition on one of my iMacs but gave it up once I had all programs I needed on the Mac side.

I thought Windows 7 was a fine program, but at one time a MS update destroyed IE and I needed to download a Windows version of Firefox on my Mac and install it on the Windows side. After that it worked sort of, but not really, and I just gave up on Windows. I didn’t need it anymore in any case.

Merry Christmas to all!

menicholas

Merry Christmas to you Manfred!
I know lots of people that are very happy with their Apple products, and I myself have been very happy with various PCs and various Android phones, only the most recent one was a Samsung. Before that I had a Droid super yowza special (Droid Turbo )or something from Motorola, and before that the previous version of same, and before that I had an HTC Thunderbolt from Verizon.
All were at the time very incredible with larger screens than the newest iPhone but likely not as extra fancy in all the bells and whistles. But they were a lot less money too.
I did buy an iPad at one point and still have it…it works great, and when I got it, it was new and amazing.
But it cost a lot of money.
I bought a Kindle Fire HD8 recently with special offers, and it is a very nice and functional tablet, not much of a camera, but I never used the camera on my iPad so big deal….and was dirt cheap at about $49.00…because it plays some ads on the locked screen. For that I save huge amount of money.

I think for the people that use them all of these devices are more than adequate, and all of them suffer from obsolescence after a few years although they still work. All have strong points and also all are outdone by some other device for specific purposes or for cost or something.
For the most part, our gadgets have far more functionality than is ever used by most people who have them.
We take to these inventions like a fish to water, and forget how life used to be.
Remember when long distance was dollars per minute unless you called after 11PM, and even then it would be as much as your rent of you made calls even a few times a week?
Remember when the best anyone had was a beeper?
Recall having to either have a calling card or a pocketful of quarters for the pay phones?
Remember paper maps? Film? CDs?
Having to buy music in a store for like $10-20 an album, and the only way to have it outside of your house was to make cassette tapes?
I can still remember the first time i downloaded a picture on the internet, in 1988 or so…it was of the Pillars of Creation dust clouds…it took about an hour and I could not even believe my eyes.
I can recall being able to play chess with someone when I was alone and thinking it was absolutely incredible.
I can recall my first high speed internet connection, when a web page suddenly loaded instantly…no line by line waiting at all…and being shocked…SHOCKED!
I wonder what we will take for granted in another 20-30 years, and be pissed about when it does not work?

Manfred Schropp

Merry Christmas to you too Menicholas!

That is a great comment! You and I pretty much went through the same experiences with computers and gadgets over the years, as well as music, it seems. When I was younger I was very experimental in the tech field, building my own gadgets and using all kinds of different OS. I was the early adopter, and I surely wasted a ton of money on gadgets that in hindsight were useless and superseded by something better.

Eventually life caught up with me and I just wanted to have something that worked – and worked together – without having to give too much thought to it. The iPhone 3G was not my first smartphone. I had a few Palm Treos first, and then also a Japanese full screen device with a little pull-out stick (whatever you call those widgets) to operate the screen. I bought it because it was 3G when the iPhone was still on the EDGE network. I returned it a few days later as the OS was a pain in the a$$.

The iPhone impressed me with its OS, its slickness, simplicity, and logic. That was back in the days when Steve Jobs was riding herd on things. But I remember being very impressed by a Windows phone a friend had (he is THE gadget freak) and I thought the software was much slicker in many ways than iOS. One of my godchildren has a Samsung and I thought the photos were much better than those of my iPhone 7. But then I have always been a terrible photographer, so it may not have been the fault of the iPhone.

I am completely agnostic as to what people do, what brands they buy, what cars they drive. It is none of my business, unless I am asked to provide tech support for computers or smartphones. 🙂 I don’t know if the same applies to you, but I am getting to that age where I no longer want to deal with setting up gadgets; I just hand them to one of my nephews and let them deal with it. And they are young enough to be happy to do it.

Merry Christmas and let’s just all get along – Manfred

iPhone,like Tesla , is a cultist product. Tesla owners recently rated themselves the happiest and amost satisfied of car owners. This after the Model X appeared on several “10 least reliable car” lists. The Model S is considered to be of average reliability. You should know that Elon Musk’s (stupid) bright idea of electronic disappearing door handles cost $800 plus labor to replace, and have reportedly been flakey and actually freeze shut in snow and freezing rain. That is just plain imbecilic engineering. Tesla requires body repairs to be done at a “Tesla authorized shop”, and the prices are outrageous according to internet owner reports. I would no more own a Tesla vehicle than a boa constrictor. Then there is the Youtube 30 minute video of a Tesla Model S owner describing all of the things that were wrong with his car – during the first 6 months. But at the end he claimed he loved his Tesla.I assume when he gets his autonomous driving software installed (for $9,000) he’ll be OK when the car runs over him.

mothcatcher

Anthony’s spiky graph co-ordinating with the release of new i-phones needs some explaining. If obsolescence was built-in it would be unlikely to produce such clear spikes – unless the timing of the trigger was varied so as to be shorter towards the end of the sales run of the earlier marques. Or is the suggestion that Apple can degrade the phones remotely?

Mariano Marini

No! Is just “Market” planning. If you decide to release a new product every, said, 2 years you can plan also degradation time. And in order to prevent an “evidence” you can imaging an obsolescence after a certain amount of “use”, as a Company asked me once for their product! At that time I refused the work and start thinking that that was not the only Company that want to do it!

mothcatcher

So – are you saying the amount of built-in obsolescence varies according to the sale date of the product?

Cynthia

Suspicious search “android slow”. I bet people would be more likely to search “samsung slow” or “cell phone slow” or “nexus slow” or “motorola phone slow”.

Darn – I spoke before research. Just now I used Google Trends to compare “nexus slow”, “cell slow”, “phone slow”, “mobile slow”, “galaxy slow”, and “samsung slow”. None of them comes anywhere near “iPhone slow”. — Maybe if I added them all up …..

Les

@cynthia: No you first bet is correct. For example if you search nexus slow, you’ll find a peak in Nov 2014 when a new Nexus was released.

@anthony watts: this is not a valid comparision to make a link to the Apple fraud. Iphone has a market share of 15%, even more in the past.
Android has about 85%, but this is split in multiple vendors (Samsung, Sony, HTC, …..). All of these have different release dates and people might search completely different (nexus slow, pixel slow, galaxy slow etc.). And to make it worse, they often have tablets and phone with the same name (galaxy tab, galaxy phone, nexus tab etc.).
Another example: Galaxy S8 was released March 2017. And google trends starts to peak there.
Or for ‘galaxy s6 slow’ you’ll find the peak in april 2015 when S6 was released.
So it could be that people who are interested in the new phone do a search if it is slow or maybe they are dissapointed because the expected more performance after switching from their old one 😉

Whatever the cause is, it seems to be normal that people search ‘slow’ in conjunction with a new cellphone release.

Best whishes, and a Merry X-Mas from Germany 😉

Leo Smith
Patrick MJD

Funny!

@Manfred Schropp: Not sure where you get your information from, but my experience and that of my friends and family tells me that all of their android phones receive regular system updates. My 18 month old samsung A5 is on the latest v7 as of last week. Wrt to the graph, recall that the number of sales of iphones is about 13% versu 86% for android. When that is factored into the relative size of the curves on the graph, apple have a real problem.

Manfred Schropp

@Steve Richards

Here are some links:

https://developer.android.com/about/dashboards/index.html

https://david-smith.org/iosversionstats/

This gives you an idea about fragmentation by OS for Android and iOS. Like I said, Samsung is an exception with regard to updates. They are a premium product.

menicholas

Yes, Android has a huge market share but there are dozens and dozens of products from a whole bunch of different manufacturers.
For any of these devices, backing them up to the cloud, and reformatting them to original condition will improve performance, and some of this will be retained even after updating.
Androids do update regularly, and each upgrade seems to slow them somewhat if it includes a whole new OS…you can refuse the update but it becomes tiresome because you have to postpone the update one day at a time, every single day.
With any of the phones, you can save oodles of money by buying the older version after an new product release, but will get ripped off if you buy one just before a new product release.
As for Apple, there are reasons why they are alone among device manufacturers in reaping outsized profits…they have a loyal fan base who pay a huge premium for their products.

I have heard from several of these fans that they are done with Apple after buying nothing else for many years.
And they are indeed being sued.
Will be interesting to see how it goes for the profits and the stock in the coming months and years.
I think they will take a hit but bounce right back.

Manfred Schropp

Menicholas – I have now doubt that Android devices have a lot of merit. Many of my friends have them. Frankly, I don’t know that much about them. Whether it is Android or iOS, they all do what I would want them to do. But I freely admit that I am locked into Apple’s eco system and I don’t even think about switching. For me it is about convenience and also security. If I want the best camera then I will buy a dedicated camera. I just don’t have a real incentive to switch, and I think this plays to Apple’s advantage.

I know Apple products are more expensive, maybe much more expensive than viable alternatives, but I look at it as investment research. I bought lots of Apple stock back in 2004 and as long as their products are good and my family, friends, and most importantly the children of my friends (the next generation), desire their products I am going to hang on to it.

Much like BMWs, Porsches, and other high end products Apple products are aspirational goods for many, especially those that are brand conscious. Some of my friends are very brand conscious, mainly the women, though certainly not all of them. My guy friends look more at the technical aspects and don’t much care about brand names.

menicholas

I suspect that even people who are saying they think Apple did a Very Bad Thing will realize upon a more detailed look that there were some technical reasons and it is not as bad as they first thought, although Apple does seem to have erred in not being upfront about it to begin with.
I am surprised by the number of people who seem to think rechargeable batteries can be made to never wear out…they cannot. Depending on usage, it may happen more or less quickly.
The other thing that surprises me is that they do not seem to be advocating replacing batteries as a part of every announcement, as replacing old batteries seems to remedy the entire issue.
But there is no doubt that regular replacement is a major part of their business model and marketing strategy, so that may be why they do not emphasize this.
Stepping back a few steps, what is most amazing may be how important these little boxes we all carry have become.
Even the new versions of Star Trek seem to not take into account how much functionality everyone will have in one little pocket sized device.
All of this has evolved overnight…what will we have jammed into them in a few hundred years?
I used to think a few years ago we would all soon have them implanted into our body, but now I am thinking it is more likely we will have our whole self transferred into our phone, and buy a robot to carry it and us around.

I view the split between apple lovers and others in this way:

Artistic types: (graphic designers, music composers/performers) tend to prefer the simplicity of use of the apple interface, others (engineers and normal people) find the MS windows PC interface acceptable.

Personally I use Ubuntu at home and corporate MS windows at work. No problem with either.