Apple is one of the leading giants in technology industry, so any news about the company will spread like a bushfire. Before 2017 ended, news about deliberate slowing down of older iPhone models’ performance broke, inviting media coverage and a lot of speculations and even misinformation. If you are an iPhone user yourself who owns an older iPhone model (6, 6s, 6s Plus), you may have experienced a difference. You may have noticed how some of the apps on your phones take longer to load. The speaker volume is considerably less loud than it was originally.

There are lower frame rates when you scroll down, accompanied by gradual frame rate reductions in some applications. Background refresh of some apps might also require reloading once you launch.

It can be frustrating and worrying. Why is it happening? Do you need a new phone? Should you upgrade to the newer models?

It is not a surprise when the bulk of the blame falls on Apple itself. Conspiracy theories abound. Unfounded claims and accusations also surfaced. In fact, Apple’s admission of slowing down older iPhones’ performance resulted in at least eight separate class-action lawsuits filed in the US.

Apple even apologized. Many came to the conclusion that the tech giant deliberately did it in order to encourage users to upgrade to the newer models of iPhone.

But is it all there is to it? Did Apple do it on purpose, and was it for the reason many insisted?

It pays to sift through the misinformation before jumping to conclusions. Read this infographic to know about why your iPhone is slowing down and what you can do about it.