In a world of easily replaced merchandise, it may be simple to trade in a failing iPhone or buy an entirely new one. You may be swayed by other brands, new models or some strange idea that a new box for the same object is somehow better. Before venturing into the unknown (and sometimes futile) world of upgrades and exchanges, take the time to check your existing iPhone for a few common, but complex problems that could affect performance.
Wasted Resources From Poor App Programming
Smartphones such as the iPhone ushered in a new era of computing as mobile devices became the portal for Internet connectivity and socializing. With it came a generation of new programmers and developers with ideas for the mobile world. Unfortunately, the last part didn't go as smoothly as planned.
Although there are many new tools for helping application (app) developers create their digital wares, there's still a level of expertise and best practices needed to make a program efficient. There are also few requirements for having an app available for the iPhone's app store outside of actually working, as popularity controls which apps are successful or not.
Some successful apps may be written in ways that fail one fundamental task: they don't release resources back to the smartphone. In most modern computers, when a program or app closes, it should release the memory used back into the general pool for other apps or the system at large to use. When a program is poorly written or runs into a sudden failure, a memory leak occurs where this memory simply hangs in limbo.
This can usually be solved by forcing the app to close or by restarting the device. Unfortunately, some apps written to start as the phone starts can create a continuing cycle of resource wasting. In this case, you'll need to remove the app completely.
If the problem of slow speeds persists past that point, it's time to call in an expert. The processes can be found in the background of the system, but you'll need to contact an iPhone repair professional for a deep analysis to root out the problem and get your device back to normal.
If you're thinking about just getting another phone, you'll need to worry about the same app habits continuing to the new phone. Let an expert take a look first, just so new info and training can support you in the future.
Hardware Failure Is Beyond Your Control. Let It Go!
Slow performance could be caused by poor hardware performance. This could mean that the battery is failing (in iPhone models using a separate battery pack) or that the storage drive is becoming weaker. Both problems require replacement in some shape or form, but make sure to ask a repair professional first.
Battery problems can affect the phone because of the way that iPhones detect battery capacity. If the battery is constantly losing power or weakening contact with the device's power connectors, the system will constantly change its readings and the way that power capacity is displayed to you. The little battery meter may not seem like much to you, but it's a built-in app that takes up resources like anything else.
The storage isn't replaceable in the same way that traditional computer storage drives are replaced, and often require a full phone replacement. Repair professionals can transfer your old information and prepare a new device for you. Contact a repair professional to discuss potential problems and the best solution for you.