New Report: Your Old iPhone Isn’t Slowing Down With iOS 11 (It’s Actually Faster)

Perception is everything with technology. When reports that the latest operating system for iPhones, called iOS 11, was making older phones slower, I had to wonder. Would Apple purposefully make an older iPhone slower to make people want to upgrade? Is there a conspiracy that is intended to line the coffers of the most famous company in tech?

Then I actually installed iOS 11 on an older iPhone 6. It actually seemed faster to me.

I ran multiple apps, including the Chrome browser, the Gmail app, Outlook, and several others. I even tested the game Infinity Blade. In all of my tests, the iPhone 6 seemed to run about the same. In fact, I swear it seemed just a hair faster for some Apple apps, like Mail.

Last week, the results were confirmed by Futuremark, which makes benchmarking software. After running performance tests on older models, the company confirmed the speed is likely a result of user perception–the phones run roughly the same speed. A small note about the testing suggested that some of the latest features–perhaps those that depend the most on the processor such as multitasking or gaming–run a tad slower.

Why the misinformation about older iPhones slowing down?

Here’s my theory.

Users are likely comparing the new iOS on their phone–since it is a free download and is easy for anyone to install–to how it runs on a newer iPhone. Yet, that’s not really fair. Apple makes no claims about iOS 11 speeding up an older phone, and a newer phone will run faster. The same apps on an iPhone 8 run much faster with iOS 11 than they do on an iPhone 6. After a user installs iOS 11 on an older phone, he or she might be comparing the suddenly “sluggish” phone to a newer model at the Apple store or that a friend uses.

To use a car example, that’s like using a higher octane fuel in an older Mazda Miata and then complaining about how slow it is compared to a new Miata. But the speed is dictated by the fact that the older Miata has around a 128-horsepower engine. The new model has a 155-horsepower engine. Changing the fuel isn’t going to make the older model seem sporty, but it might seem like the car feels slower if you expected a change in performance.

This is where the analogy starts to break down. An older iPhone actually does get a little faster for some of the most common Apple apps. I tested the Photos app and it definitely lets you swipe through photos a bit faster after loading iOS 11. And, maybe due to how Apple has improved Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but my older phone connected faster.

If your phone does feel more sluggish, there are a few things to try. One is to free up memory by closing a few apps and deleting a few files. Every operating system likes to have room to breathe. Also, make sure you reboot the phone. That can work wonders, and I’ve heard of a few friends who thought iOS 11 seemed faster after a reboot.

Your perceptions will surely change once you know the facts. If you still think iOS 11 makes an older phone slower, try driving a Miata from 2007. It’s slower than the sunrise.

Nvidia’s boost from cryptocurrencies is slowing down (NVDA) | 08/24/17

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Nvidia is among the companies seeing a boost from the cryptocurrency craze, but, that boost has been slowing down recently.

In its second quarter earnings report, Nvidia said it saw a $150 million boost from miners buying its chips to help mine cryptocurrencies, like Ethereum. During that quarter, the speed of the network increased by about 55 terahashes per second, according to Mitch Steves, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets.

Steves says the network is not growing as fast this quarter, which would mean fewer miners are buying cards and the boost from cryptocurrency mining will not be as large for the company in the current quarter.

So far, in the third quarter, the network has only increased about 15 terahashes per second, which implies a boost of about $40 to $45 million for Nvidia. The network speed increases as more cards from Nvidia and other companies are added to the network. Miners have been scrambling to grab as many cards as possible in order to speed up the network, and win a bigger share of the reward given for payment verifications. The rapid demand means Nvidia’s cards have been sold out in a lot of retailers recently.

A shift in the way the Ethereum network verifies payments could come as early as this year, according to Steves. That shift would move payment verification away from the power-hungry “proof of work” method to a “proof of stake” system. The new system, if implemented, would dramatically lessen the need for powerful chips from Nvidia, and by extension, lessen the boost the company has seen from cryptocurrencies.

Nvidia is paying attention to cryptocurrencies and sees it as an important part of its business, but its real bets are being placed elsewhere. The company just released a new chip architecture called “Volta” which has been popular in datacenter and machine learning applications. Volta production is still ramping up, and the chips are new to the market leaving lots of room for that segment to grow, Steves said.

The company also has partnered with carmakers Toyota and Volvo to help the companies’ autonomous driving efforts. Steves believes this is another part of the business that will continue to grow in the future.

“Crypto isn’t dead yet,” Steves wrote. Ethereum, bitcoin and bitcoin cash have all exploded in value this year, but the hype for the currencies might eventually leave Nvidia behind.

Steves rates Nvidia a buy with a price target of $175.

Nvidia is up 62.99% this year, and is trading at about $166.11.

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Facebook shares surge as results quash fears of slowing growth

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PHOTO – Facebook logo is seen at a start-up companies gathering
at Paris’ Station F in Paris


By Sweta Singh and Sruthi Ramakrishnan

(Reuters) – Shares of Facebook Inc touched a record high on
Thursday on the back of overwhelmingly positive quarterly
results, adding more than $27 billion to its market value.

The world’s biggest online social network posted a 71 percent
surge in second-quarter profit and a 50 percent jump in mobile ad
sales, allaying investor concerns that ad revenue growth was
peaking as it runs out of space to display ads.

Shares rose 6 percent to $175 in early trading, adding gains
worth twice the market capitalization of rival Twitter Inc .

Facebook’s stock slipped as much as 2 percent on May 4, a day
after the company posted first-quarter results and said ad
revenue growth was expected to come down significantly over the
rest of 2017.

Ad sales growth did slow to 47 percent in the June quarter, after
a 51 percent increase in the March quarter, but investors brushed
it aside, looking ahead to new growth drivers – WhatsApp,
Messenger and video.

At least eleven brokerages raised their price targets. Wedbush
was the most bullish, lifting its target by $40 to $225. The
median price target is $190.

“The strength of Facebook’s mind-boggling results continued to be
a testament to the platform’s massive user base and unparalleled
targeting abilities,” MoffettNathanson Research analyst Michael
Nathanson said.

Facebook has more than 2 billion regular users. Its two messaging
services, Messenger and WhatsApp, have more than 1 billion users

Mobile advertising accounted for 87 percent of the $9.16 billion
in total ad revenue even as the average growth in ad price jumped
24 percent to a record high.

Advertisers will continue to buy ads despite an increase in
prices given Facebook’s superior return on investment compared
with other digital platforms, Credit Suisse analyst Stephen Ju

Facebook also cut its forecast for expense growth even as it said
it was moving to diversify its revenue stream by investing in
initiatives such as video and TV-style programming.

Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said he expected video to become
the “primary driver” of revenue over the next few years.

Lack of details, however, left analysts cautious about the
company’s video efforts, which would have to compete with
Alphabet Inc’s YouTube and Netflix Inc .

“The biggest open-ended questions will be how successfully
Facebook can monetize its video-only tab and TV extension
product,” MoffettNathanson’s Nathanson said.

(Reporting by Sweta Singh and Sruthi Ramakrishnan in Bengaluru;
Editing by Sayantani Ghosh)

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Samsung bounces back to lead slowing smartphone market

Samsung has reclaimed top spot in New Zealand for now with Apple expected to refresh its iPhone later in the year.

Samsung has reclaimed top spot in New Zealand for now with Apple expected to refresh its iPhone later in the year.

Samsung has returned to
the number one position in the New Zealand smartphone market.

The Korean giant reclaimed
the position from Apple, who out-shipped Samsung during the fourth quarter of
the 2016, according to analyst firm IDC’s first quarter smartphone shipment

reached 40% share, from 26% in the fourth quarter. Despite losing the top spot,
Apple also grew in share from 31% to 38%.

Huawei and Vodafone surrendered
share, falling from 21% to 11%, and 11% to 4% respectively.

The numbers come as the New
Zealand smartphone market is facing a slowdown, IDC said.

Motorola’s gadget play in India’s slowing smartphone market | tech

Motorola, the smartphone maker owned by China’s Lenovo Group, will launch a series of accompanying devices, to go along with the smartphone, in a shift from its mobile phones-only strategy, as India’s smartphone growth continues to slowdown.

The company calls these devices Mods – such as cameras, speakers, and projectors – that will deliver a different kind of mobile-using experience. These devices can be bought separately.

The speakers are JBL’s for the music enthusiast, the camera by Hassleblad is for photo lover, and the projector to pan movies, slides and powerpoints on a larger screen. These devices can be hooked to phone to make it the gadget of choice.

But, this change is strategy, which goes beyond smartphones is for a reason. There is little room to grow in the cluttered smartphone market. A vanilla offering of just having the phone in the market won’t be of much help, executives at Motorola realise.

“The transition from feature phone to smartphone won’t happen so soon,” said Sudhin Mathur, managing director, Motorola Mobility India and country head Lenovo Mobile Biz Group.

According to Massachusetts-headquartered research firm IDC, smartphones sales grew by 5.2% in 2016 to 109.1 million units. In 2015 it grew at 28.8%.

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Mathur said that while the average selling price of the smartphone is going up, fewer feature phone buyers are upgrading to smartphones. “The replacement market is of about 100 million smartphones, where buyers are constantly upgrading,” he said.

Motorola and Lenovo, together, is the second largest player, and there is little it can do with just launching phones. “That is where our products of premium experience is coming into play,” said Mathur.

In the years to come, if Mathur is correct, only five brands will command around 80% of market share. “There will be consolidation,” he said.

Having a feature here, and an incremental feature there in the smartphone is not a reason enough to attract buyers, Mathur explains.

Even the use of the smartphone is limited without internet connectivity. India has 350 million internet users and 300 million smartphone users. The remaining 500 million people still use feature phones.

Every quarter, Motorola will launch four such devices. Mathur gave a glance into the future of the mods – they can be skycaps, mini-printers, and robotic devices. Even concepts of mods by four Indian developers have been approved, which will go into production, soon, said Mathur.

Motorola will also open experiential outlets so that interested buyers can walk in, plug and play, and experience these mods.