Erin Mayer
Updated Dec 21, 2017 @ 11:43 am

Cell phones are great — until the moment they start acting up. That’s when we realize just how much we rely on them to get us through the day. If you’ve ever wondered whether Apple designed your iPhone to slow down over time, you’re not alone. And it may not be all in your head…

While many have speculated that their phones become sluggish after iOS updates, as The Verge pointed out, we may now have proof: Geekbench, who The Telegraph called “a watchdog that monitors smartphone and computer performance,” reported that Apple has designed phones to slow down when they’re operating on old batteries.

The Geekbench investigation seems to be inspired by a Reddit thread titled “PSA: iPhone slow? Try replacing your battery!” (On the Geekbench blog, you can see the full write-up of their findings.) With Apple’s strategy in mind, many believe that the company aims to gently encourageyou to buy a new device every few years.

So no — it’s probably not part of some wicked plan on Apple’s part. But even if it’s not on purpose, it’s still frustrating. Smartphones aren’t cheap and we want them to last.

Yet, plenty remain skeptical about Apple’s motives.

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We won’t know for sure unless Apple releases a statement on the issue. For now, rampant speculation is bound to continue.