NEW DELHI: Apple was recently found to be slowing down iPhone devices with each iOS update in order to keep the battery performance optimum for users. Although the company did solve the issue by starting its battery replacement program, it is now once again in news for the same problem. The reason, however, is different.
The company’s iPhone device are once again said to slow down. Citing a new benchmark, Beta News reports that the handsets are experiencing a slowdown because of Apple’s Spectre patch. The patch comes as several smartphones and other devices witness vulnerabilities due to Meltdown and Spectre bugs.
Intel, the company that is at the epicentre of these widespread bugs, has already mentioned that the patch on PCs will slow them down. But a new benchmark suggests iPhones may slow down as well because of the fix.
An iPhone 6 user named Melvin Mughal reportedly ran benchmarks on the handset before and after the Spectre patch. It was noticed that after the patch, the impact was significant. In some tasks, the performance was degraded by up to 50%. Mughal used GeekBench 4.2.1 and had no other app running in the background. The handset was not jailbroken or tweaked in any way.
It was added that the iPhone 6’s single-core and multi-core performance dropped from 1561 to 924, and from 2665 to 1616.
In a dedicated website, Mughal said “All numbers point to the same conclusion: it took a serious hit in performance at every possible level. A lot of benchmark levels show a significant decrease in performance on the iPhone 6 up to 50 percent on some benchmark levels. Although this is not the best news, this security update is a ‘necessary evil’. It demonstrates a message the security community have reminded us time and time again: security can’t be compromised over performance.”