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

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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

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posted on 17 Sep 2014, 21:56 30

1. Finalflash (Posts: 3210; 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: 3210; 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: 6015; 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: 3210; 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: 10457; 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: 4463; 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: 3028; 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: 882; 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: 10457; 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: 882; 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: 10457; 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: 22040; 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?

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