This isn't news.
Stepson: Hey, my phone is glitching and slow. I think I need a new phone.
Me: Really? let me take a look. <tap through a few apps and settings>. Hmm I dont see anything wrong, other than you are connected to the wifi network that is about 300 feet away from you.(My inlaws have a wide open wifi network in their house)
Stepson: oh, ok, but its still glitching. I need a new Phone!!!!!!!
Me: whenever you are ready to pay for it in cash since you still owe about 600 for that one...
<a few weeks later>
Stepson: hey I dropped my phone, I need a new one...
I am convinced that apple has built a time released lubricant into their phones that causes kids to drop them when the new models are released....
I have an original iPad mini running ios9 that honestly was better on 8 - but there is no maliciousness there: it's extremely old hardware that happens to have been supported for updates longer than it "should have" because it was in a new form factor (iPad 2 internals squished into a mini size)
I highly doubt it. Even if this was confirmed by Apple itself, I don't think it would hurt them in sales at all.
Personally, when someone releases a new version or model of something I have - car, computer, phone, etc - I notice all the flaws and problems with what I have. I assume it's me attempting to rationalize "you know, maybe I should look at that new one.."
The article in NYT is about a phd student from Harvard showing the correlation in Google Trends wrt "iPhone slow"keyword and concluding that the Google Trends show a correlation and cannot be concluded that "Apple slows down old iPhones..." as it is in the title.
So much for a "Harvard Study".
It's too bad this study is useless since it just harms the very real upgrade treadmill case against apple.
Personally I've noticed that my iPad slowed down after upgrading to iOS 10. I wasn't planning on upgrading but a restore forced me to. I believe it's because devs develop on latest devices and tend to ignore the older ones.
In fact, I'm hoping someone will followup with actual performance tests.
My wife has recently been complaining that her iPhone 6 is getting slow and has with everyone she had before it.
I will give Apple credit for not obsoleting my `09 Mac Mini as fast as they did every Mac I purchased before it, but it's definitely on that path now because it won't run their latest OS.
Not sure if I'll buy a new one. The "Mini" is the only thing they have that I'd consider and if they don't keep one in the $500 range I'll build a Linux box and use it going forward from here.
This leads to security holes for sure, but my older Samsung devices running old Andriod versions are actually pretty snappy.
To bad there isn't a middle ground, but I guess that would be expensive to maintain old OS versions.
If internal documents from Apple showed that Dev's were allowed to release code that performed badly, but only at certain times of the release cycle, that news would be huge.
Comparing to Samsung is just a joke - how often do android users even get the choice to update, not to mention how Samsung releases may or may not match up with Google (Android) ones.
Android releases are not generally available at a consistent time. Apple marches software release in lock-step with hardware release.
When you write an article citing a "study" based on a spike of Google searches, the Android based metrics will be more spread out because implementation of the new software is more spread out. A "study" should control for that sort of variance.
Apple users don't have that problem, and they use the same phone companies.
If Samsung agrees to let the networks dictate when updates will be released, that is their fault.