Do Apple really slow down older iPhones with software updates?

If you have an older iPhone that you bought 2+ years ago you might suddenly start to notice a slowdown.

You may start to think Apple are pushing software updates made to deliberately slow down your iPhone to encourage you to upgrade to a new one. But this is false.

Battery degradation

Over time, just like laptop batteries, iPhone batteries degrade, giving less and less battery life and making the phone less reliable. Some power for the CPU comes from the battery, but if the CPU requests for more power than the battery’s got, it can trigger a sudden shutdown.

Just imagine if these kept happening. How unbearable it would be. You may even start carrying around a non-iPhone as well to use in the case your iPhone unexpectedly shuts down.

If your capacity is above 80%, there isn’t really much to worry about, but if it’s under 75%, you might want to start looking at a battery or phone replacement.

Performance Management

Apple’s answer to this comes in the form of performance management. Simply, when your iPhone detects that it is booting back up from an unexpected shutdown, it starts to limit the CPU’s performance to prevent the shutdown happening again. This is why your iPhone will become slower after an unexpected shutdown.

You can turn off performance management either by replacing the battery of your iPhone, or heading to Settings –> Battery –> Battery Health, where an option to disable it should be present provided your iPhone is running iOS 11.3 or later. You can also see your battery health percentage here. Please be aware that if an unexpected shutdown occurs again it will be enabled again.

iPhone 3G, 4, and 4S slowdowns

Despite what me saying above was true for most iPhones, it appears that the last major OS upgrades for these devices slowed them down and made them unusable in some cases.

The iPhone 3G received iOS 4 but did not receive many of the iOS 4 features such as wallpapers and multitasking and iOS 4 made existing functionality a lot slower on the iPhone 3G. This was not due to battery degradation but rather due to planned obsolesence. Apparently, some of the issues were fixed on iOS 4.x updates, however.

The iPhone 4 received iOS 7 and missed out on a few features but still had a lot of the functionality. However, in some cases iOS 7 would lag on this device especially when browsing the internet and switching between apps.

The iPhone 4S received iOS 9 and missed out on a few features but still had a lot of the functionality. However, it was unusable. It would lag everywhere. This led to me downgrading my 4S to iOS 8.4.1 by downgrading to 6.1.3 through the signed IPSW and then installing the 8.4.1 OTA.

These are only three cases however and I doubt Apple are planning on deliberately slowing down any more iPhones now that word is out about those three.

Conclusion

So if your iPhone has become slower, unless you’re on a 3G, 4, or 4S, blame your battery, not Apple. They only want to ensure that your phone is reliable and doesn’t unexpectedly shut down.

What’s your experience with the performance management feature? Tell me below in the comments!

-Chas 😎

Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Xcover 4s, and Galaxy A50 to receive monthly security updates

Samsung have updated their security updated devices list and added three devices to the list of devices to receive monthly security updates. They have also removed a few devices from the list completely, meaning that the benefit of security updates for them is coming to an end. The Galaxy A50, Fold, and Xcover 4s are the lucky devices to be put on a monthly schedule, whilst the Galaxy A3 and A5 2016 variants along with the Tab S2 Refresh appear to have been removed entirely from the list. The Galaxy Tab A (2017) saw a demotion to the ‘Other regular security updates’ list, meaning it will now only receive updates when necessary.

Usually, flagship devices and some lucky midrangers are put on a monthly schedule, whilst most other midrange devices are put in the quarterly updates section. Older devices that are on their way out are usually put on the other regular updates schedule for a while before being removed completely.

The Galaxy A3 and A5 2016 variants were announced at the end of 2015 and for them to get software updates until October 2019 is really impressive. This indicates a bright future for software support in the future. The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge were announced in February 2016 and are still on the quarterly schedule. Will we soon be seeing three major OS updates for flagships?

If you own a device that has been removed from the list or demoted to other regular updates, now may be a good time to look at upgrading to a newer device. Not only do security updates include security fixes but they also include bugfixes which will improve the stability of your device, so it’s important to ensure that your device is still getting updates.

What Samsung device do you have and when do you intend on upgrading? Tell me down below in the comments.

-Chas 😎

Nexus 7 (2012) review

Recently, I purchased a Nexus 7 (2012) from a local store. I’ve wanted this tablet for years now but it was always too expensive. But last week my lucky day came as a local shop was selling one for £35.

Android Lollipop issues

Turning it on, it ran the slow and laggy Android 5.1 Lollipop. Opening and switching between apps was a nightmare. And don’t even get me started on updating all the apps on ancient versions. I couldn’t put up with this, so I downloaded the KitKat 4.4.4 factory image from Google’s website and flashed it.

On KitKat, I can certainly say that it is faster than Lollipop, significantly faster. Updating apps took about 5 times quicker than on Lollipop, mainly because KitKat is more optimised for the Nexus 7 (2012) than Lollipop is, but also because not all the updated versions of preloaded apps can run on KitKat.

App support

App support on KitKat is still fairly good. Yes, some apps are starting to require Android 5.0 and 6.0, but those that I wanted to install that did had an older version that could be sideloaded. I managed to install an older version of Gboard to replace the old stock KitKat keyboard on there, as well as old versions of the Microsoft Office mobile apps. They all still work without issue.

Minecraft, WordPress, and Geometry Dash World all installed fine on their latest versions. They all work without issue, except Minecraft which lags unless you turn off all the fancy graphics.

Specs and performance

There is an explanation for this, of course. The Nexus 7 (2012) has a Nvdia Tegra 3 CPU consisting of four ARM Cortex A9 cores clocked at 1.2GHz, along with 1GB RAM. Back then that was considered midrange and could probably run Minecraft and other games at high graphics. But now? Nah.

Custom ROMs

What about custom ROM support? It appears the community have developed ROMs for the Nexus 7 (2012) up to Android 7.1 Nougat. I haven’t tried any, and honestly, I wouldn’t expect great performance from these ROMs. The Nexus 7 (2012) runs near stock Android anyway, which most of these ROMs are based on. If the Nexus struggles to handle stock Android 5.1.1, as much as poor software optimisation could be partially the problem, I’m sure the specs play a major part too and that 6.0 and 7.x ROMs wouldn’t run much better.

Conclusion

So, how well does the Nexus 7 (2012) still hold up in 2019? As a basic tablet for playing basic games, word processing, and browsing the internet, it holds up well. But for heavy tasks you might want to look elsewhere as the Nexus 7 is not as up to the task in 2019 as it was in 2012. But for basic use, the Nexus 7 is a great tablet and holds up well provided you downgrade it to KitKat, even in 2019.

Do you still use a Nexus 7 and how well does it hold up in 2019? Tell me down below in the comments.

-Chas 😎

100 followers

I officially have 100 followers.

Thanks to everyone who followed, liked, and commented on my blog, I really appreciate it. I’ve come far from a blogger with no followers and little potential to one with 100 followers and lots of potential.

EpicChasGamer.com day was yesterday. I only got about 70 views, unlike the previous day where I got 158, but now I’ve got 100 followers, meaning I am probably going to get more views in the future.

Once again, thanks everyone!

-Chas 😎

Google to require all devices launched after 31st January 2020 to run Android 10

After the 31st of January next year, Google have confirmed that they will stop ‘approving’ new devices running Android 9 or earlier and only approve Android 10 devices.

In order to have Google services on it, a phone must be ‘approved’ by Google. Take the recent Huawei Mate 30 for example. That wasn’t approved and therefore Huawei are finding ways to build their own ecosystem without letting US company restrictions for working with them standing in their way.

So basically, after 31st January 2020, Google will stop allowing new devices running Android 9 or earlier to have Google services such as the Play Store and Photos preloaded.

It was noted on XDA that manufacturers could get past this and launch a device running Android 9 or earlier after the deadline by submitting the approval application for the device before the deadline and then launching it after the deadline. This is probably how Samsung released the Galaxy M10, M20, and M30 which ran Android 8.1 Oreo despite being released after the approval deadline for 8.1 Oreo and they still managed to include Google services.

Please note that this will not affect old devices released before 31st January 2020 that are stuck on Oreo and still being manufactured. This only applies for new devices announced before 31st January 2020.

What Android did your device come preloaded with and currently runs? Are you satisfied with it? Tell me down in the comments below.

-Chas 😎

96 Followers

Last night I got 95, but being too tired to post I decided to wait until morning. Now it’s the morning, I appear to have gained another follower, making it 96 followers.

That means only 4 to go until the big 100. It’s also EpicChasGamer.com day today, where I usually get loads of views and maybe a few followers. But even if I don’t, thanks for the support everyone! I’ll also check out some of your blogs at some point to see if I should follow any.

Happy EpicChasGamer.com day everybody!

-Chas 😎

Minecraft

Why you should play Minecraft.

WinterGirl

Minecraft is a really fun game where you explore biomes, build houses, craft equipment, mine blocks and more. There are two main game modes: creative and survival. Creative mode is where you get all the Minecraft blocks and build whatever you like! You also get spawn eggs so you can get any creature you wish.                          In survival mode, however, you spawn, you mine wood, you build a base to protect yourself from the creatures that come out in the night and attack you. You go mining and when you have enough diamonds you mine obsidian and make a nether portal. Then you get to explore the nether dimension.

Even though Minecraft costs money, it is a good game. I would recommend it to anyone who likes adventure, construction and that kind of thing.

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EpicChasGamer.com day is tomorrow

Tomorrow is the day. Three years ago tomorrow I got the most views in a day I ever got. I can’t remember exactly how many, but I remember that it was over 600. I also got a lot of new comments and followers, some famous people.

Today I also appear to be getting more views than normal. So far, I’ve gotten 80 views consisting of 64 different people viewing.

I’m wondering how many views I’ll get today and tomorrow.

Happy EpicChasGamer.com day eve everybody!

-Chas 😎

Samsung Android 10 supported devices – Estimation

Not all of these devices are guaranteed to receive Android 10, but these are all the devices which have a chance of getting it, as well as those ones definitely getting it.

  • Galaxy Note10 5G/Note10+/Note10 (definitely)
  • Galaxy S10 5G/S10+/S10/S10e (definitely)
  • Galaxy Note9 (definitely)
  • Galaxy S9+/S9 (definitely)
  • Galaxy A90 5G (definitely)
  • Galaxy A80 (definitely)
  • Galaxy A70 (definitely)
  • Galaxy A60 (very likely)
  • Galaxy A50 (very likely)
  • Galaxy A40 (very likely)
  • Galaxy A30 (likely)
  • Galaxy A20/A20e (likely)
  • Galaxy A10/A10e (likely)
  • Galaxy A9 Pro/A9 (very likely)
  • Galaxy A7 2018 (likely)
  • Galaxy J8 (possibly)
  • Galaxy J6 (possibly)

I can’t confirm for definite, but it would make sense for all these devices to get Android 10 at some point during 2020. Please note the absence of the Galaxy S8+/S8, Note8, and the Galaxy A8+/A8 (2018). The Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note8 launched on Android 7.x Nougat and received two major OS updates to Oreo and Pie over the years after it was released. Two major OS updates is Samsung’s current policy on software updates and it doesn’t look likely to change soon.

As for the Galaxy A8 and A8+ (2018), despite being 2018 models, they actually launched at the end of 2017 running Android 7.1 Nougat, and have received their two major OS updates to Android Oreo and Pie. So Android 10 doesn’t look likely for them either. Chances are some people will complain about this being unfair because they think the A8 and A8+ 2018 should’ve launched with Oreo instead of Nougat, because earlier this year people were angry with Samsung for not releasing Pie for the Galaxy A5 (2017) because the device, also released at the end of the year before, ran Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow instead of Nougat. People even made petitions about it.

As for the J-series devices that launched on Android 8.0 Oreo (none launched on Pie), it is possible that they could receive Android 10 as their second and final major OS update, but Samsung merged the Galaxy J with the A series earlier this year and various cheaper A series phones (such as the A10 and A40) replaced various J series phones so surely Samsung would want to be putting people off buying older Galaxy J phones now by limiting software support. But I’m not entirely sure.

What Samsung device are you using and do you reckon it will get updated to Android 10 or not? Tell me down in the comments below.

-Chas 😎

If you replace the screen of your iPhone 11 with one of a third party, Apple will nag you about it

If you ever want to replace the screen of your iPhone 11, 11 Pro, or 11 Pro Max, Apple won’t stop nagging you about it.

For the first four days, a notification asking you to verify that you have a genuine Apple display will show. After those days have passed, the message will be moved to the Settings app for fifteen days. After that, the warning will become less intrusive, only appearing in the About section in Settings.

Don’t think that you can buy a parts only iPhone 11 which still has a genuine Apple screen and swap the screen from that either. Apple has special tools which pair the new display to the iPhone to verify it was repaired by them or an authorised repair service so you’ll still get that same message even if you or an unauthorised repair service use an Apple screen.

A similar thing happened last year with the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR which made third party battery replacements a lot harder than before. Even if the battery you or an unauthorised repair service installed was a genuine Apple one, it all came down to whether or not Apple or an authorised repair service installed the battery. Otherwise, you’d still be locked out of accessing battery health features. I’m not sure whether this is present on the 11 series phones as well.

An iPhone 11 screen replacement from Apple without an AppleCare+ plan costs £196, whilst screen replacements for the iPhone 11 Pro is £282, and an official Pro Max screen replacement costs £326. If you have an AppleCare+ plan, you get a replacement for £25, although it does add a significant amount of money onto the price tag for your iPhone to buy AppleCare+ along with it.

However, if you’re lucky enough to still be on iOS 13.0 and not 13.1 or newer on your iPhone 11, you’re unaffected by the genuine screen issue since this feature appears to only be present on 13.1 and newer. So, if you want to futureproof your iPhone 11 or have dropped pevious phone and cracked their screens before and are worried about doing the same with your 11, install the tvOS beta profile to block updates from reaching your iPhone. That way if you want to replace your screen or have an unauthorised repair service to do it, you can and you won’t get nagged about it and you also won’t get nagged to update iOS. But avoiding iOS updates does come with its disadvantages: no more security or bug fixes, app support to get worse over time, and also missing out on all the features newer iOS versions include.

What do you think about Apple’s attitude towards third-party repairs? Leave your opinion in the comments.

-Chas 😎