Right after Apple announced the iPhone 11, numerous owners of older iPhones began to report device malfunctions reminiscent of a 2017 debacle in which the company admitted slowing the performance of older phones - 'officially' in order to extend their battery life.
At the time, Apple said in a statement that it had "never - and wound never - do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product."
According to USA Today, however, the coincidences are piling up.
"So, of course I'm suspicious that yesterday's Apple announcement killed my current iPhone. It just stopped working. Awesome," claimed Twitter user ZarduBen.
So, of course I'm suspicious that yesterday's Apple announcement killed my current iPhone. It just stopped working. Awesome. #Apple— Ben Acevedo (@ZarduBen) September 11, 2019
"The new iPhone was just announced and my phone randomly stopped working," user @secondhandcurls tweeted.
the new iPhone was just announced and my phone randomly stopped working— numjin 🥟 (@secondhandcurls) September 12, 2019
iphone 11 was announced YESTERDAY and my phone is already acting up— jenna noel darosa (@jdarosa115) September 12, 2019
Swear I just said my phone has been acting up ever since they started talking about the iPhone 11 release . My 10 was working perfectly fine and then bam 🤣😩😩— Desireé Meowington (@DesireeMeoww) September 12, 2019
I find it awfully convenient that the camera on my iPhone stopped working the day Apple announced new iPhones with fancier cameras— Evan (@evanbumgardner) September 11, 2019
And so on. All Apple can offer on the topic is the same "As batteries age" schpiel - however the flurry of sudden issues being reported would appear unrelated.
Whether Apple practices the theory or not, its latest iOS 13 update will leave some iPhones and tablets behind. The older devices will still work, but they'll miss out on security updates, which makes them more vulnerable to hacks.
Apple's website lists several reasons why your iPhone's performance may be lagging over time, and one of the main causes is aging batteries.
"All rechargeable batteries are consumables and have a limited lifespan – eventually their capacity and performance decline so that they need to be replaced," Apple says on its website. "As batteries age, it can contribute to changes in iPhone performance." -USA Today
So what's going on? Perhaps suspicious users are more sensitive to phone issues surrounding new product announcements - or maybe, just maybe, Apple is nerfing their older phones to drive sales.