You may notice that your iPhone seems to slow down randomly, with no reasonable explanation.
But a recent study found that there are, in fact, two explanations for this odd phenomenon. One is definitely more realistic than the other - but they both are incredibly interesting.
The New York Times first reported about this phenomenon last year. It looked up the data about trends when people search for the term "iPhone slow." What it found is actually a tad bit surprising.
The NYT reporters found that there is a huge spike of people searching for that specific term at the same time once a year. It happens in September, right after the latest iPhone and iOS system is released. You can see a visual of this trend in the chart below.
To begin, the first explanation for this increase in "iPhone slow" searches is due to normal human nature. As soon as people figure out that there is a newer model of the phone or operating system than the one they have, they begin to think that their older gear isn't running as well.
The more realistic answer to this puzzling phenomenon is that the new operating system doesn't work as well on older devices. The latest iPhone is created to work with the newest iOS software, so when an older iPhone updates its operating system, there are a few things that we in the technology industry call "glitches."
These glitches can easily cause your iPhone to lag, apps to freeze and regular functions to take a little bit more time. So if you find yourself searching the depths of the Internet for a slow iPhone fix, take a step back and think about if it's really lagging.
It may just be all in your head!