Apple finally admitted that its iOS software slows down the performance of older iPhones, back in December.  While the company claimed it’s to “counteract problems in ageing lithium-ion batteries”; it’s clear that their strategy is to back their customers into a corner, rather than actually giving them an incentive to upgrade.

Those who don’t have a grand to expend every time Apple makes a minor tweak to their iPhone truly are penalised with each and every update.  For this reason, it’s become a common practice among users with more dated models to click “later” every time the dialogue box pops up.

Soon, iPhone 5 users will have no choice but to succumb to the dreaded system update.

As of 3rd November, users who have not upgraded to iOS 10.3.4 will have key online features, including e-mail, web browsing, the App Store and iCloud, disabled.

Additionally, a bug that prevents devices as old as the iPhone 4S and first-generation iPad mini from using GPS, and prevents it from gauging the correct date and time, will be fixed.

So, unfortunately, if you’re one of the 9% of iOS device users who run software earlier than iOS 12, you’re going to have to press the “Update Now” button within the next week.

Source: Engadget