iPhones Significantly Slowed Down by Spectre Security Update

Apple rolled out iOS 11.2.2 a few days ago to address Spectre vulnerability in iPhone and iPad, but the company hasn’t detailed one important concern: does the patch slow down devices as it happens on Windows?

And as it turns out, it does, with a series of benchmarks confirming that in some cases, an iPhone 6 can get even 50 percent slower after installing Apple’s security updates.

Melvin of melv1n.com conducted single-core and multi-core performance benchmarks on an iPhone 6 with no jailbreak, battery changes, or apps running in the background, in the end discovering a performance change of -41% in the case of the first tests and -39% of the latter.

The biggest performance hit was experienced in single-core benchmarks where the iPhone 6 dropped from 1… (read more)

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