Apple building a version of iOS 9 for older models?

Apple building a version of iOS 9 for older models?
If you're worried that your aging Apple iPhone 4s or Apple iPad mini won't be able to handle iOS 9, have no fear. A report published today says that Apple will be optimizing the next build of its mobile OS for those iPhones and iPads that are now members of AARP. Instead of building one version of iOS 9 and then removing certain features for older models, Apple is now expected to release a "core version" of iOS 9 that would be developed for devices powered by the A5 chipset.

Features that work properly with the core version of iOS 9 would be enabled on older models one-by-one. This will allow some older iPhone models to receive iOS 9 instead of being cut off. Among the new features slated for iOS 9 is the addition of mass transit directions for Apple Maps. In addition, Apple is reportedly replacing the Helvetica Neue font currently used on iOS  with the San Francisco font found on the Apple Watch. Helvetica Neue debuted in 2013 with iOS 7.

Apple is also said to be testing a feature called "Trusted Wi-Fi" that would be released later this year or next year. This would allow iOS (and Mac) devices to connect to an authorized wireless router without requiring additional security. Non-trusted Wi-Fi hook-ups would use a more "heavily encrypted" wireless connection. Apple's current tests are being performed to make sure that apps (from Apple and from third-party developers) would have no problems working on wireless pipelines employing this feature.

We should see iOS 9 previewed by Apple next month at WWDC, starting on June 8th. The software will likely have a September release in conjunction with the unveiling and release of the next iPhone models.

source: 9to5Mac via Pocketlint

Related phones

iPhone 4s
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 64GB
iPad mini
  • Display 7.9" 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 64GB
  • Battery 4440 mAh



1. Iodine

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Yeah this is exactly what i was thinking about. If iOS 9 is supposed to tripple down on optimalizations for newest devices, why not give some of that optimalization love to older devices ? That would be awesome !

28. sgodsell

Posts: 7618; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

With the confirmed rumors of 2 GB in the next iPhones. Not to mention Apples Swift actually requires more ram, because swift is not swift if it doesn't have the resources. With 1 GB of ram and older iPhones have 512 mb of ram swift would suck on those devices.

39. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Please don't go out spreading this misinformation. Swift's Application Binary Interface is being stabilized to come with its code libraries pre-installed on iOS and OSX. That means applications will now come with way less memory, increasing the performance as a result

47. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

This would be great. I have Apple iPhone 4S with iOS 7. It lags and apps crashes. I'm hoping to see buttery smooth, fluid UX and all features available in iOS 9. :3

2. Sauce5 unregistered

Awesome! I mean I'm pretty sure who ever is rocking a 4 year old phone doesn't really care about new tech and top their performance in the first place, but hey, it's nice of Apple to do this.

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Have to give credit when it's due, I don't care for Apple or their products, but their continued support of older devices has me jealous and wish Android devices would have support beyond the 18 month time frame. Some OEMs will go the extra mile, but it's incredibly rare.

13. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I'm using a iphone 4 running iOS 7 it is HORRIBLE this is not support. I'd be better off with iOS 6 you apple fans dont get that, rather than update the OS to a buggy crashy laggy mess like apple does Android just updates its services, and the phones run better as a result

19. WallStreetWolf

Posts: 289; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

Dude, it is a single-core phone from 5 years ago. You can buy a 4S that will run better for $100 or a 5 for $175 in decent condition. Try using a Moto Droid or a Samsung Infuse and tell me how swell those run today. I still have my original Droid and I can assure you that the performance is awful. How about a BlackBerry 9650 or a 9700 for that matter? Those just stop in the middle of rendering a page or freeze mid message. Even if you are in between devices, you shouldn't be walking around with an iPhone 4, especially since Android and Windows Phone produce budget devices. You barely have a right to complain. I bought a Nokia 635 for $50 plus tax and the thing runs like a dream. Its the perfect backup phone and even better if you want to check out Windows 10.

21. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

A galaxy S2 runs smooth on Lollipop (, and my 2008 HP Laptop (which I sold to a friend) is still running smooth with Windows 8.1.1. Old hardware is no excuse for garbage OS programming.

33. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Why compare iPhone4 with GS2? Are you the only idiot in your family? I still have a GS1 that came out the same year as iPhone4, and it's the worst POS I ever saw. And it didn't even get ICS. What a joke.

37. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

It runs better on gingerbread than the iPhone 4 runs on iOS 7

41. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

In your dreams?

54. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

iDiot, the same goes for the iPhone 4s on iOS 8. If you were wise enough to do research instead of making asinine claims out of your behind, you'll easily come across videos like this ( demoing Lollipop running smooth on the Galaxy S1...then again, you're a well known asinine numbskull on this site.

38. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

A Windows phone? You are clueless. I just picked up a Moto g for $20 from best buy, but I have a Droid Ultra coming. And the 4s runs like crap on ios 7 and 8 also, i had a nice 64gb one in white. Apple updates them for the sake of updating them, and they're horrible devices for it, at least on android I can flash roms.

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Dude. I get so sick of people crying over Android updates. There is no law that says your device should be updated to a new firmware. It should get updates that carry the same version number. I can go an buy a brand new Android device that came out 5 years ago, and it will still do more than todays iPhone. That is a fact, not a fictional story. When you buy a PC with Windows XP, you don't get a free upgrade to Windows 8, so why expect that for your phone? Most fo the under the hood updates Android does get in most cases are pointless. if I buy a new Android with jelly Bean 4.4.2 I don't expect it to get 5.0 as they are different builds. if you do it, great. But upgrading to another firmware isn't going to change the hardware in your phone. This updating just to have the same version number and not all the same features is useless on whatever brand of phone you have. I don care wgat computer, smartphone or tablet you like, it was designed to work with the software it came with. You you want to fully 100% enjoy the new features of a new firmware, it si best to buy a phone with that firmware preinstalled...PERIOD. Now, if incremental updates to software come out, yes you should get those. So for example, if you buy a phone with Android 5.01 Lollipop, then yes you should also get 5.1.1 if its Lollipop too. But fi your phone came with IS or Jelly Bean and you don't get lollipop, so what. WAH WAH WAH over updates. We all know what the biggest issues with updates are for Android. The differences in hardware per brand, the skins and the crappy carriers and whatever else you want to throw in. If you are still buying them, then stop frikkin crying. You can always switch to iOS. I could care less if my phone ever got updated. Your phone doesn't magically became a piece of carp because it wasnt updated to a firmware were you ant even take advantage of all the features. The vast majority of iOS updates are for things Apple breaks when they do make a new firmware. If You have an IS device and it came with iOS6 and they decide to upgrade you to 8..GREAT! I've used iOs7 devices an iOS8 devices and there isn't a huge enough difference to be jealous. NOT AT ALL. A brand new iPhone bought today running iOS8.1.3, will still do less than any Android that came with Ice Cream Sandwich. Count your blessing you still have a better device than they do.

34. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

sure you don't get a FREE update from XP to Vista.. BUT you do have the option to do so.. it just isn't free. Therefore, your example is moot.

50. andynaija

Posts: 1267; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

4.4.2 is KitKat, not Jellybean, Good comment nonetheless.

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Also you need to consider it is easy to update a phone, where the hardware makes very small minor changes model after model. When you make 3 phones with the same hardware in a row,its much easier to update them. Alll you have to do is remove some of the features tha a lower spec model cant handle. Ist very easy. This is what makes Android and Windows so much better. The fact is, we aren't force to stick with outdate hardware year after year. Let them brag. whatever Android deice you have now vs their iPhone 6, you still can do at least 50 things out the box they cant do even with the latest model or OS version. Again, stop crying over numbers that don't mean nothing. The iPhone 6 is using hardware from 2012. if you bought your phone since then, you phone is still way better even if Google or whoever your carrier or brand is, ever updates it. In fact I would go so far as to say, you could buy a new Android once every 3 or 4 years and it will still be better than the latest iPhone. How? Look at the Galaxy S3. It will still blow the doors off the iPhone 6. Sure it wont in benchmarks, but so what. It does do wother things that even the iPhoen 6 still cant do.

32. gaming64 unregistered

There were no 64-bit chips last 2012 *DING*

35. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

tl; dr;

25. jalebi2000

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

lol me too. Hopefully this new update fixes the performance issues. But the iPhone 4 has a A4 chipset, meaning we'll probably not even get this update.

42. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Not true, Google updates more things in ther backend services including Google Apps for All phones that way out does anything Apple update there older phones, I.e. Core app updates comes with the OS update with Apple, I be thinking you get the idea

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I agreer. The Apple trolls seem to forget this.

43. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Mate as above I just said, it's not the case as Google and take Samsung update there core apps and services and so on all the time, with Google core OS updates are just for bug fixes or change the way the OS works in a big way I.e. 5.0, as it takes a very long time to Reskin the core OS Samsung may just add the bug fix or add some other feature (in most cases Samsung had the feature for some time) without doing the full update, but all the core services all the time get updated with Google and all the apps and so on, with Apple you have to get the update just to get an app update for maps and so on

44. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

I.e. Google OS next big update will make it so finger print software is included, oh but Samsung got that right now, so why upgrade the software to add nothing, I be thinking you get the idea

51. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Apple issue= hardware... Always less ram / processor than others Android issue= Updates that may differ depending if ur using Sammy / Lg / Etc using some device may u will never get a different os version Nothings Perfect...

52. Sauce5 unregistered

ios doesnt need 39 gigs of ram and a spiderman667xnbbc processor to open an app.

3. jonathanalexander9

Posts: 61; Member since: May 04, 2015

iPad 2?

4. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Another reason to buy Apple products. Good job! BTW one question guys! I'm not from the states but I wanna order a factory-unlocked HTC One M8 Windows on eBay. What if my seller lied to me and the phone I bought is not actually a factory-unlocked phone but just a carrier-unlocked one? In that case, will I be still receiving any official update from Microsoft/HTC when I'm back to my country? I ask this because I recently bought Sprint Unlocked One E8. Whenever I search for software update, nothing happened and it didn't even say "No update available for your phone" bla bla bla. Help me pls!! Thanks!!

12. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

If you're paying with Paypal you should get your money back, it's also important to look for recent reviews of the seller. If you just bought it from sprint wait a few days, close to a week because Sprint's just started receiving lollipop 5.0 yesterday I think. I believe the E8 from Sprint can't be used at other carriers being Sprint uses CDMA network bands.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless