Apple are bringing out a new iPhone in September and it’s like, come on lads, give us a break.
Barely anyone under a £50K income has got their mitts on the iPhone X yet let alone the upcoming iPhone XL.
Surely Apple have the money and fanbase of someone like Playstation that they can turn around and go, ‘You know what? Enough of this madness. You’re not getting another smartphone until 2022.’
Alas, it seems Apple don’t have enough wonga just yet and are already planning to cash out on the iPhone XL in autumn 2018, MacRumors reports.
It’s called the XL for a reason. This new iPhone is 6.5 inches. For scale, that’s almost half the size of my… nah I best not.
Previous releases haven’t been exactly small. The iPhone 8 comes in at 4.7 inches and the iPhone 8 plus is 5.5. The iPhone X is bigger again, at a remarkable yet annoying 5.8 inches.
I suppose punters will have no choice but to invest in the iPhone XL after Apple confirmed they purposely slow down older models before a new release is unveiled.
— MacRumors.com (@MacRumors) November 13, 2017
The company said, according to the BBC:
Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, [when they] have a low battery charge or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components.
Last year, we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting during these conditions.
We’ve now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2 and plan to add support for other products in the future.
Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers.
According to a study undertaken some months ago at Harvard University, reserachers found Google searches for ‘iPhone slow’ spike a great deal right before the release of a new iPhone.
The study was executed by student Laura Trucco, who also found ‘Samsung Galaxy slow’ results did not spike in similar ways prior to a new Samsung release.
Harvard economics professor Sendhil Mullainthan said although the company has the means and motive to disable existing devices, they have incentives to stop it from happening.
She also revealed the reason behind the Samsung-iPhone Google searches as Android fragmentation.