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Man who uncovered Apple's software slowdown explains why you should still update your phone Man who uncovered Apple's software slowdown explains why you should still update your phone

NBC - Even though some users of older iPhone models are experiencing slow downs from new iOS updates, at least one expert says that's no reason to skip the updates.

Apple announced Wednesday that it introduced a feature last year in its software updates for iPhones 6, 6S and SE "to smooth out the instantaneous peaks" to keep older, or cold batteries from unexpectedly shutting down. In essence, slowing down the phones.

Research by software company Primate Labs helped discover the issue and its founder, John Poole, told CNBC's "Squawk Alley" this morning that iPhone users should still run iOS updates because avoiding them could cause problems, like instant shutdowns.

"The other problem with holding back on security updates is you lose the security improvements and fixes that Apple makes with every release, thus putting you in danger of other things, any issues that might cause hackers and whatnot to be able to break into your phone," Poole said.

Poole does say however, that Apple should have been more transparent with its software change.

"What I would have loved to have seen from Apple was for Apple to have come forward and said very bluntly what they were doing and there was an issue with the battery and the workaround was to show the phone down because the alternative was to just have the phone suddenly crash, so arguably a slow phone is better than a phone that crashes."

Complaints about the slowed phones had been making the rounds on social media in recent weeks and Primate's research, in part, prompted Apple's statement on Wednesday.

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