x PhoneArena is hiring! Reviewer in the USA
  • Hidden picShow menu
  • Home
  • News
  • Apple iPhone 4s owners might want to hold off on downloading iOS 8

Apple iPhone 4s owners might want to hold off on downloading iOS 8

Posted: , by Alan F.

Tags:

Apple iPhone 4s owners might want to hold off on downloading iOS 8
Any model older than the Apple iPhone 4s does not support iOS 8. But it seems that those with the 2011 version of the iPhone should think about holding off on updating the handset to the latest build of Apple's mobile OS. Why? Those with the fifth-generation iPhone have apparently been experiencing issues and problems once iOS 8 is installed on the device.

The Apple iPhone 4s is missing a number of features like Touch ID and AirDrop. Handoff for applications, and support for OpenGL ES 3.0 are also missing. The device is the slowest iPhone you can buy right now as it comes with 2.4GHz-only 802.11n Wi-Fi, no support for LTE connectivity, and an Apple A5 chip that has 25% of the raw performance of the A7 used on the Apple iPhone 5s. If it has only a quarter of the processing power seen on the A7, imagine how laggy it is compared to the Apple A8.

The Apple iPhone 4s is the last iPhone model to sport a 3.5 inch screen. And interestingly, doing a task on an iOS 8 powered iPhone can add as much as 50% to the time needed to perform the task using iOS 7.1.2 (see chart below). Finally, the iPhone 4s seems to have a habit of dropping frames during animation, which gives the device the impression of being slow.

If you have an Apple iPhone 4s, your best bet might be to wait for a further update to iOS 8.01 so that Apple has the time to iron out some of the problems before you install it on the handset.

Some applications on the iPhone run slower on iOS 8

Some applications on the iPhone run slower on iOS 8


source: ArsTechnica via RedmondPie

63 Comments
  • Options
    Close




posted on 17 Sep 2014, 21:56 30

1. Finalflash (Posts: 2769; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Called this like 1 million times. Lo and behold, that same shite happens again. Don't fret, they'll figure out how to fix it in January like every other time and iFans will be perplexed as to why their device is slow even though it was predicted well in advance (and yea, it is because of all the advanced features like ...... OH YEA, IT DOESN'T GET ANY).

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 22:25 22

10. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


iFragmentation!

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 22:32 8

16. Finalflash (Posts: 2769; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


More like iObsolescence, the best part of controlling hardware and software.

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 22:54 3

18. jroc74 (Posts: 5986; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Exactly....its exists with just about with any OS.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 00:39 8

36. Finalflash (Posts: 2769; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Yea, iFans would like to believe that, but unlike iOS, every Android or WP iteration has improved performance for literally all the devices that receive an update.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 04:26 2

48. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


"if" they receive an update lol

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 04:50 2

50. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


And the reliability of OEMs in receiving updates has gotten a lot better, especially for Motorola.

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 22:29 6

15. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10434; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I'm just going to bookmark this page.

You do have a point though.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 00:03 2

33. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


I do find it funny that you find it in yourself to 'bookmark' stuff like this, let alone from a spam blog site (like it will ever mean anything)

How about you take it from established publications, the ones that do matter, that have carried out extensive research. I'm talking Ars Technica, beautiful write up on this stuff. Especially iOS 8 review on the 4S.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 07:08

55. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3776; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Then why are you commenting here? BTW I think everybody just loves being told what to do by a faceless name on the internet.

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 23:13

21. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I suspect the fix will involve an upgrade to the iToy 5S edition, as that is the earliest presence of a fingerprint scanner. This story has not been fully told yet.

If I am right, there are quite a few iToy owners who are in the process of getting iScrewed (aka involuntary hardware upgraded). Once they have upgraded to iOS 8, there is no going back to iOS 7.

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 23:27 1

25. WallStreetWolf (Posts: 289; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


We both know that isn't true. Hardware slows down after features are added to a device and there have been plenty added in every iOS iteration. Hardware ages no matter what platform you run, including full fledged desktop OS's. Have a little objectivity.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 00:09 1

34. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


It really won't be that much of a concern, most people I know are upgrading. Not to mention that iOS 8 is way better than what was iOS7. It holds up pretty well and I take this from a better site, not from someone saying "might"

Here's a link if you're so inclined
http://arstechnica.com/apple/2014/09/ios-8-thoroughly-reviewed/

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 01:55 5

42. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2701; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


And what does it say on that site, in the conclusion?

User interface fluidity and responsiveness takes a dive on older iPhones and iPads with Apple A5 chips.
Eats up more storage space, a problem especially for 8GB and 16GB iOS devices.
Hungry for additional screen space in a way that is unkind to devices like the iPhone 4S.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 06:46

53. wumberpeb (Posts: 453; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


"All of these benchmarks are useful, but they don't capture one big performance-related thing that anyone with an iPhone 4S, iPad 2, first-generation iPad Mini, or iPod Touch is going to experience: iOS 8 struggles on the Apple A5."

From the very article you linked... You may not hold Phone Arena in the same realm of the AnandTechs, but nobody can dispute the performance drop off. These guys were right

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 08:30

56. KingDingaLing (Posts: 324; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


I think he has somewhat of a valid point. Phones that are 3 years old will have some issues, regardless of make, model and OS.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 10:14

57. nodnarb (Posts: 35; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


except I've had ios8 on a 4s for awhile and its fine

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 22:05 1

2. The_King (Posts: 6; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


Anybody try it on the iPhone 5? Waiting for more feedback before I take the plunge...to hardware brick death.

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 22:10 3

3. TechDork (Posts: 292; Member since: 10 May 2010)


I have the iPhone 5 & it works just as good as iOS 7. No problems at all, not with me at least.

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 22:16 4

4. yep_its_ed (unregistered)


I also have an iPhone 5 and so far it's working perfectly. I just can't seem to figure out how to get handoff to work...

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 22:23 2

7. yep_its_ed (unregistered)


Update: Apparently continuity and handoff won't work until OS X Yosemite launches. I guess I'll have to wait then.

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 22:22

6. promise7 (Posts: 868; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


I've tried it w/ the iPhone 5 and the only problem I have is Facebook takes a long time to open. All other apps open fine so I think this is on Facebook's end as it happened after I updated the app.

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 22:23 1

8. Vexify (banned) (Posts: 570; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)


My results on my 5s are roughly half the speed of iOS7. Ran tests using BTX.

This is excluding the animations iOS uses to open, switch, close, etc.

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 22:28 8

14. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10434; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I could troll the hell out of your comment right now, but I won't.

Do you regret updating on day one? Is that systemwide or just in certain apps?

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 15:49

61. Vexify (banned) (Posts: 570; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)


Hey, I meant iOS 7 is half the speed of iOS 8. Sorry for that typo on my 5s.

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 23:29 1

27. promise7 (Posts: 868; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


My results on my 5s are roughly quadruple the speed of iOS7. Ran tests using STFU.

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 23:57 9

30. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10434; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I hope you were joking because that was highly ignorant.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 01:35 5

40. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Lol, the butthurt is strong with this one.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 05:59 1

51. darkkjedii (Posts: 19736; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


LMAO!

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 10:31

58. Astoni (Posts: 649; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Have you updated yet Jedii?, if so how did it affect your device?

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 22:26

12. quakan (Posts: 1357; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


It works great in my opinion. I had one issue earlier when I first updated where the facebook app was freezing my phone for about 30 seconds but it seems to have self corrected itself so no issues now.

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 22:21 10

5. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 382; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


Apple does this every time to their smartphones. No matter how fast an iPhone is, an iOS update two years later will slow it down. That's why people want 2GB on the iPhone 6.

iOS updates are slowing down iPhones while Android updates are speeding up phones, shame that those updates don't reach the phones that actually need them.

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 22:24

9. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Wait, I thought the 4S had LTE connectivity... Wasn't that one of the upgrades over the 4?...

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 22:27 4

13. quakan (Posts: 1357; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


No. The iPhone 5 was the first LTE enabled iPhone. 4S had the addition of Siri.

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 22:57

19. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Oh. I didn't know that...

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 23:21

24. WallStreetWolf (Posts: 289; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


The 4S has the ability to get speeds up to 21mbps down on GSM carriers like AT&T. They called it 4G despite that not being entirely true. If you have a CDMA model, results are not as promising seeing as it only has 3G.

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 23:57 1

31. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10434; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Actually, 14.4mbps.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 12:45

59. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)


You didn't know, yet you keep yourself busy trolling on iPhone articles.

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 22:25 2

11. McLTE (Posts: 804; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


can you say FRRRAAAAAGGGGGMMMMEEEENNNNTTTAAATTTIIIIOOONNNN?

Fragmentation FTW!

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 22:37 1

17. redmd (Posts: 1239; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


With each OS update, iOS is becoming more like Android.

posted on 19 Sep 2014, 02:42

63. SpencerD (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


call it idroid

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 23:07

20. venomania (Posts: 19; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)


Hey, why PA not report about Blackberry Porsche announcement???

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 23:16 1

22. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Much more click volume on an iOS 8 upgrade article. What is a BB Porch?

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 23:17

23. darkoman4 (Posts: 159; Member since: 30 May 2014)


GD Dropbox. It really, I mean really sucks. It is uploading photos from my photo stream again and again after upgrade to iOS 8. It does not see the difference between Photos in the phone and Photo Stream. 1000 photos uploading again from iPad and iPhone.

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 23:28

26. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Anything on the iPad 2? Cause similar specs.

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 23:40 1

29. WallStreetWolf (Posts: 289; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


Its good. Not experiencing any issues. Doesn't run like it did in 2011, but I realistically didn't expect that. I am still gaining most of the features I was looking forward too despite hardware limitations.

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 23:38 1

28. WallStreetWolf (Posts: 289; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


I have updated it my iPad 2 and everything is functioning perfectly fine. Of course it is not as fast, but I don't expect that in an aging device. I love a multitude of devices, but Apple is the only company that at least keeps me up to date for more than 1-2 years.

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 23:59 3

32. xfire99 (Posts: 792; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


iUsers never learn. Better slow updates and working. Than fast and frustation.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 00:16

35. zibbyzib2000 (Posts: 221; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Yeah slow updates don't mean they're any good either. I remember the Android update 2 years ago on Samsung Devices.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 01:59 2

43. xfire99 (Posts: 792; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


2 years ago?! 1 model?! Also, u are comparing with wrong devices. Samsung didnt created Android.
iOS bugs = every new version. Not get all new features, is not new update. As long Apple fools all iFools than both parts are happy.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 00:43 2

37. Arthurhkt (Posts: 438; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Updated my iPhone 4S to iOS 8, so far the performance still going smooth...(with tiny bit of lagy.....), yesterday just updated my Nexus 4 to Cyanogenmod 11 (M10), 2 month back updated to Windows Phone 8.1 with the Lumia 925, now all left is the BlackBerry 10.3 for my Z10, come on faster release it BlackBerry!!!!!

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 01:15 2

38. darkoman4 (Posts: 159; Member since: 30 May 2014)


Wow, and I thought I was the only one crazy enough to own iPhone 5, Moto X, Lumia 925, and BB Q10.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 03:40

46. Arthurhkt (Posts: 438; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


LMAO, i am a Mobile OS freak, it's nice to know that there is other people who are crazy like me, LOL

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 01:32 4

39. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


And the annual tradition of updates killing performance on older iPhones continues! Way to go, Apple!

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 02:58 4

44. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


It seems that Apple's tradition of planned product obsolescence is alive and well. Only way to avoid it is to pass on the 'upgrades' which are really downgrades.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 03:04 3

45. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Yep! And you know that it's going to happen next year to the iPhone 5 as well.

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 01:37 3

41. Twisted247 (Posts: 282; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


LMFAO.... Ios8 "update" turns every app into a slower process and execution... Hell of a job Apple, some serious "innovation" ..

Lmaoroflmmfao

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 04:04 5

47. shiv179 (Posts: 22; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


This is why I laugh when Apple promises years of support for older devices - those older devices will start to lag and be a pain to use!

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 04:35 1

49. andro. (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


The iphone 4 was almost made into a brick by the ios 7 update,the 4s will be same with ios 8. Fragmentation certainly exists on the iphone models. By the way customers in my store are already complaining the ios 8 update wiped everything off their phones,sigh,same.story every year

posted on 18 Sep 2014, 06:46

52. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


The only plausible fix here is to buy either a 5/s or an iPhone 6 hehe

Because that's what Apple wants you to do (hardly a surprise tbqh)

Sooner or later, 4s users will be forced to upgrade because majority of those apps will not be supporting iOS 7 anymore

Want to comment? Please login or register.

Latest stories