And a consequence of that is they don't work as well on older i Phones. That, along with the whopping five gigabytes of precious storage space needed to download the update wirelessly, seems to have made people shy away from downloading the new OS en masse.Apple fans are adopting the new operating system much more slowly than they adopted i OS 7, the previous version. People complaining about their i Phones feeling slow after new i Phones and operating systems come out is nothing new.

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What's different with i Phones is the sheer breadth of third-party software that runs on the phones. And in order for those apps to remain relevant and keep working, developers have to update them to work with Apple's latest software and hardware.

Apple aggressively pushes developers to design apps that work on the latest operating system, said John Poole, the founder of Primate Labs, a Toronto-based company that makes apps to measure the speed of smartphones."Apple encourages developers to target the latest version of i OS by providing tools and APIs that only support the latest version of i OS," Poole wrote in an email to The Huffington Post.

"For example, it’s difficult to write an app that supports both i OS 7 and the new i Phones' screen sizes." Poole added that Apple's huge publicity machine that is the App Store currently promotes apps and games for i OS 8, which provides a further incentive for developers to design for the latest and greatest.

Part of that could be because so many people download the new operating system at the same time, i More Editor-in-Chief Rene Ritchie pointed out earlier this year.

Apple releases its new OS to everyone at the same time, while Android updates hit different phones at different times.

(This is one of the reasons why Android's operating system is so fragmented -- only a quarter of Android owners are on the latest version of the operating system.)i Phone models that are a year old -- the next-to-latest generation -- tend to do fine when they're upgraded to the latest operating system, said Mike Gikas, who as the senior electronics editor at Consumer Reports has reported on the testing of every i Phone that has come out.New software has been slowing down older hardware since before we were jamming CD-Roms into our Gateway 2000s.Apple releases a new mobile operating system every year, and that keeps a powerful cycle in motion.Each fall for the last few years, people have rushed to download the latest and greatest version of i OS, which is designed for -- and, as a result, works best on -- the newest hardware that is also released around the same time.In the months leading up to the release, many app developers furiously update their apps for the latest operating system. tend to shell out big bucks for a new i Phone about every two years (which, not coincidentally, is also the length of the traditional wireless contract.) Last month, the company made the rare move of pulling an update to the operating system after some people reported it left their phones unable to make calls and their fingerprint sensors useless.Here's how that affects you: If you have an i Phone that's more than two years old, and as Apple recommends, you've upgraded the operating system a couple of times since you bought it, you may find yourself wanting to throw your phone against a wall. It's highly unlikely Apple deliberately slows down older i Phones just to get you to upgrade. Instead, Apple designs the new operating systems, which have more features, take up more space and require more computing power, for the new i Phones. Although Apple said the bugs only affected a small number of people, and the company soon released a fix, the episode led to a spate of bad publicity.