After iPhone Slowdown Drama, These Other Apple Conspiracy Theories Could Prove True

In December 2017 Apple admitted that it has been controlling its iPhones’ performance. Unfortunately, Apple admitted this only after several people made accusations that it was intentionally slowing down older-model phones. According to Apple, the older models would shut down when they tried to draw more power than their batteries could handle, so Apple decided to limit how much power they can draw.

Apple’s recent admission didn’t exactly inspire confidence in the brand, and in the wake of the scandal, many are considering other conspiracy theories about the company. Keep reading to find out more details about the slowdown — and see what people are saying about other possible Apple conspiracies.

1. The iPhone slowdown

A set of programs from famous brands of social networking

No, it isn’t your imagination if your phone seems slow. | Prykhodov/iStock/Getty Images

According to Macworld, Apple claims it slowed down older iPhones not so that people would have to buy new ones, but to actually help customers. Apple claims that older iPhone often shut down unexpectedly, and that slowing them down was a solution.

Apple didn’t admit what it did until the website Geekbench researched older iPhones and printed a chart showing how older models were performing more slowly than when they first came out. Apple’s kept the practice secret for a year, which created a large amount of public distrust in the company. Some conspiracy theorists still don’t believe Apple is revealing the full truth.

Next: Apple has been awfully quiet

2. Apple doesn’t brag as much anymore

Apple announces the iPhone X

They haven’t been bragging about sales recently. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Apple used to announce how many new-model iPhones it sold on the weekend of their first availability. However, because Apple didn’t say how many people ordered iPhone 8s the first weekend they became available, conspiracy theorists believe it’s because sales didn’t stack up with previous years’.

According to Macworld, Apple didn’t announce the iPhone 7’s first weekend sales numbers either, and rumor has it that the company was tired of being questioned about its numbers. Apple, however, had this to say to Reuters: “As we have expanded our distribution through carriers and resellers to hundreds of thousands of locations around the world, we are now at a point where we know before taking the first customer pre-order that we will sell out of iPhone 7.”

Next: Does Apple cook the books?

3. Shady financial reporting

It might not have wanted to announce poor sales. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Apple included the Apple Watch in its “other products” category for financial reporting purposes, according to Macworld. Many are suspicious that the company wanted to avoid reporting embarrassing unit sales, much like when it didn’t announce the iPhone 7 and 8 first-weekend sales.

Next: Your iPhone could be watching you.

4. Finger scanning — the new world order

It could be scary if this information ever got out. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Remember when the iPhone 5s came out with the finger-scanning feature? According to Metabunk.org, conspiracy theorists viewed the move as another step toward the “new world order.” One website called it the “eye-Phone” and noted that Siri spelled backward is the word Iris, which is close to Isis. Perhaps this is one of the most bizarre conspiracy theory ever connected with the company.

Next: What does Apple’s logo really mean?

5. The Apple logo — a deeper meaning?

A Chinese customer sets up her new iPhone 7 during the opening sale launch at an Apple store

It would be a little creepy if true. | Johannes Eisele/Getty Images

Conspiracy theorists have gone as far to suggest that even Apple’s logo, the half-bitten apple, has a deeper meaning. According to the website IlluminatiWatcher, many feel the apple represents Alan Turing, an English computer scientist who is often called the godfather of computers. After he was harassed for being a homosexual, Turing ate an apple filled with cyanide.

Rob Janoff, the logo’s designer, told CNN that he received no specific instructions from Steve Jobs and that he doesn’t remember exactly how he decided on the outline of an apple. He did, however, remember the reason he designed the bite in the apple — he did it for scale, to endure the logo looked like an apple, not a cherry.

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6. The Taylor Swift protest

Taylor Swift Arrives at Oscar Party

Was Taylor in cahoots with Apple? | Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez/AFP/Getty Images

In 2015, Taylor Swift protested Apple’s not paying artists royalties for the first three months they had their music on its new streaming platform. She pulled her album 1989 from the Apple Music streaming device. In a letter to the company, Swift wrote: “We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.” Apple backed down — and artists all over the world won.

Conspiracy theorists believe, according to the website Cult of Mac, that Swift staged the whole thing as a publicity stunt to promote the then-new streaming service. Theorists say Swift was in cahoots with Apple and pulled the stunt so Apple could publicize it was giving artists a paid trial and also so that she could once again look like America’s sweetheart.

Next: Apple papering the house?

7. Apple pays people to fill its stores

Customers shop at the new Apple Store

How many of them are extras? | Spencer Platt/Getty Images

According to a Gawker report from 2010, some conspiracy theorists believe Apple pays “extras” to hang out in the store so it always looks crowded. One shopper described being in the store and having someone — not dressed in Apple Store gear — come up to him and ask if he needed help. The person told him he was “in training” and started pushing him to buy products. In addition, the shopper claims he has seen the same people wandering around the store on several occasions when he visited.

Next: Apple jacking the American people around

8. Apple ditched the iPhone 7’s headphone jack

Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller announces AirPods during a launch event

Apple could control a lot more if it wanted to. | Stephen Lam/Getty Images

Then Apple got rid of the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 it claimed it was a functional change. The company said it did away with the jack to make room for cool, new features.

Conspiracy theorists, however, disagree. Many feel that Apple did it as part of its ultimate plan to control the media America has access to through via digital rights management schemes, “intentionally restricting the use of copyrighted music and material to proprietary hardware,” according to Thrillist. The old jack enabled you to play whatever you wanted, but a digital-only, corded output means Apple is in control over what you can play and what you can’t. Apple called the theory “paranoid,” but in reality, the fact is that Apple could do this if it really wanted to.

Next: Siri shocks

9. Siri predicted the apocalypse

Apple iPhone 4S with Siri

Siri scared a lot of Apple users. | Oli Scarff/Getty Images

According to Popular Mechanics, Siri shocked a number of users in 2014 officially scheduling the apocalypse for the summer. Was it a joke? Who knows — but Apple users took it quite seriously. Some attached the doomsday date to the end of Ramadan, a time when Muslims believe the gates of hell reopen.

Next: Apple destroyed its supplier

10. Apple manipulated the stock market

Iphone X launch

Some people think that the company manipulated the market. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

In 2017, Imagination Technologies — Apple’s supplier — announced that Apple was going to stop using its graphics in A-series applications processors. The move would, the company claimed, endanger half of Imagination’s revenue base. Instead, according to The Motley Fool, Apple decided to use its own graphics technology.

On the day of the announcement, Imagination’s stock price plunged. Conspiracy theorists assert that Apple planned the whole thing to lower Imagination’s stock price and subsequently buy the company for a cheap price.

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