Old iPhone users moan handsets 'slowed down' after Apple iPhone 12 event – here's the truth

APPLE has unveiled four new iPhone 12 models – but does that mean your own blower is working slower?

iPhone owners always complain that battery life and performance drops after an Apple event, and 2020 is no different.

Right now, iPhone owners are taking to Twitter to moan that their iPhones are working as well as usual.

Some conspiracy-minded users are linking this to Apple's iPhone 12 launch event, suggesting it's a sinister plot to get you to upgrade.

After all, there are four new iPhone 12 models available right now – starting from £699/$699.

But there's no proof that Apple is operating a big conspiracy. The answer is much simpler – and sadly, more boring.

As part of the new iPhone launch, Apple recently rolled out the new iOS 14 update.

Your phones files and apps are arranged in indexes, keeping all of your phone's information organised – and, importantly, quickly accessible.

When a major software update happens, lots of the code and systems that make up your phone get changed significantly.

This means your iPhone has to re-organise and re-index the apps and data on your phone, to make it more searchable.

This puts a heavy demand on your iPhone's processor, which inevitably creates additional drain on your battery.

The good news is that this process only lasts for around 24-48 hours, so your battery life should be back to normal a few days after the iOS 14 update.

Of course, there are other reasons your performance and battery life may be struggling too.

As iOS 14 lands, lots of developers suddenly start updating their apps to support the new system and features.

That's why you've probably been seeing many more app updates on your App Store lately.

If you have Automatic App Updates turned on, these updates will be happening in the background throughout the day.

This creates additional processor load and requires an internet connection, both of which will drain your battery more quickly.

It's also likely that a new iPhone is simply making you think more about how your current model performs.

If you've had an iPhone for a few years, it might be doing less well than it did fresh out of the box.

And seeing other conspiratorial posts on Twitter might lead you to a similar strain of thought.

Finally, major iPhone updates generally get us using our phones a bit more.

Keen users rush to try out new features, and inevitably spend more time on their handsets each day.

This is also a contributing factor to your phone's battery life.

So ignore the conspiracy theorists: Apple isn't ruining your iPhone experience to get you to upgrade to newer models.

Your battery life and iPhone performance will almost certainly improve over the next few days.

In other news, check out our iPhone 12 event recap.

Read all about the new iPhone 12 here.

And find out about Apple's new £99 Alexa rival – the HomePod Mini.

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