Apple confirms it makes old iPhones run slower (for a good reason)

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Apple is investigating battery issues for the iPhone 6s.
Does your iPhone 6s feel slower?
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Does your iPhone seem to get slower and slower as it grows older? Well, according to Apple, that is exactly what’s supposed to happen.

Many iPhone users have long suspected that Apple throttles performance of aging iPhones. The popular theory is that Apple does so to entice users to upgrade. However, Apple says there are really good performance reasons behind the practice.

iPhone 8 beats iPhone X in early benchmark tests

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But all Apple's new phones beat their Android rivals.
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The iPhone X is Apple’s top-of-the-range iPhone, but if you’re looking for impressive Geekbench scores — referring to the cross-platform CPU benchmark scoring system — you may be better off sticking with either the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus.

That’s according to scores Apple’s new devices have achieved on Geekbench’s iOS Benchmark Chart. Despite all three devices having Apple’s new A11 Bionic Fusion chip, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus outstrip the iPhone X on both single core and multi core performance.

iPhone 7 smashes Pixel in early benchmark tests

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It's in talks to buy HTC, maker of the Pixel lineup.
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Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL may pack the fastest smartphone camera, but when it comes to raw processing power the iPhone 7 leaves the new handsets in the dust.

Early benchmarks for the Pixel have already leaked for the device, which was unveiled Tuesday. And according to the tests, Google’s phone can’t even top the performance of the iPhone 6s and iPhone SE.

iPad mini 2 still packs the most value into a tiny tablet

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Apple stops selling its last non-Retina iOS device.
Despite a slight speed bump, the iPad mini 4 just isn't worth the money.
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The new iPad mini 4, just announced last week, is good but probably not as good as it should be. In recent benchmark tests, it performs only slightly better than the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus of 2014. It’s still nowhere near as fast as the current-generation iPad Air 2 and it’s only a tad faster than the iPad mini 2, which Apple is still selling for $269. Believe it or not, you’re still probably better off getting the two-year-old iPad mini instead.

Dubious iPhone 6s benchmarks show just 1GB of RAM

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Cheaper than iPhone 7, bigger than iPhone SE.
Questions are being raised about the iPhone 6s' RAM-ing speed.
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Everyone is expecting the iPhone 6s to boast 2GB of RAM, but according to a dubious source claiming to be an Apple developer, we may all be wrong.

Switzerland-based Instagram user Fabien Wanner has posted what he claims to be a Geekbench 3 screenshot of the new device, revealing RAM of “just” 1 GB — the same as the current iPhone 6.

Even in Low Power Mode, your iPhone 6 is still faster than the iPhone 5c

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The successor to the iPhone 5c is nearly here.
Low Power Mode will still make your iPhone 6 more powerful than the 5c.
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It’s no surprise that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s are significantly faster than the iPhone 5c. Yet, even with iOS 9’s Low Power Mode turned on, the newer phones still manage to make long strides over that plastic (yet colorful) contraption.

Geekbench released an update to its app today, adding support for iOS 9. Even though iOS 9 is still in beta, the new tools have already revealed some surprising facts about the iPhone 6. Upon running benchmarks on an iPhone 5c and iPhone 6 in low power mode, the tools show that the iPhone 6 is still more powerful that the 5c.

New 12-inch MacBook as powerful as 2011 MacBook Air

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The new MacBook probably isn't for most people. Photo: Apple
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The 12-inch MacBook with Retina display is sexy to behold, but its specs may leave more to be desired.

Thanks to some new benchmarks, we have a clearer picture of what to expect from the new MacBook’s processor. And it’s basically as powerful as a 2011 MacBook Air.