Apple iOS 8 vs the first iPhone: here's why iOS feels clumsier now (video)

Apple iOS 8 vs the first iPhone: here's why iOS feels clumsier now (video)
Apple's iOS 7 brought on a small, but important difference in interface animations - they got longer, and the tradition carried over to the current iOS 8 edition.

The thing is, however, that while the animations got flashier, the user experience suffered, as they got longer, and your input isn't detected while the transitional animation is running. This makes the whole interaction with the iPhone's interface appear slower than before, leading to numerous user complaints that iOS 7 and iOS 8 feel cludgy compared to previous iterations.

A user experience expert - William Van Hecke - recorded this phenomenon in the video below, showcasing how much slower iOS 8 is compared to iOS running on the original iPhone, for instance. While his explanation is that the animations aren't interruptible now, this has always been the case, it's just that those animations take longer to finish, so nimble-fingered users might run out of interaction patience, thus bringing the iOS 8 adoption rate to record slow rates. Apple has apparently taken notice, too, as it is rumored to focus predominantly on speed, stability and performance clean-up under the hood in iOS 9, rather than adding new features.

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34 Comments

1. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

iOS sucks and we all know that.

16. maherk

Posts: 6960; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

But, but android is laggy!! Where are my Apple boys at?

21. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

This is just click bait. The original iPhone was running a single core 412 Mhz ARM 11 CPU with 128 MB of ram, and a TFT display with a resolution of 320x480. The new iPhone has a dual core 1.4 GHZ ARM 8 CPU with 1 GB of ram, and a IPS display with a resolution of 1334x750 or 1920x1080. Does anyone want the original iPhone still with the original OS? NO. As far as Android being laggy. Its laggy only when you run multiple things at once (real multitasking). But then again that can happen to any OS that runs multiple things. Which iOS doesn't support real multitasking yet or multi-window. Another area of lag can occur if you buy real low end devices that support the latest Android OS. People won't see that happen with iPhones, iPads, or iPods, because Apple stops the OS upgrades to older hardware. Could Apple make iOS 8 run on the original iPhone, sure they could have, but then it would run like crap. There comes a time where you have to move on and buy new hardware if you want the latest updates with the greatest speeds. This holds true for all OS's. Click bait. Move along.

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I was right with you until you lied. When iOS went to iOS7, many people with the iPhone 4 and 4S complained about lag. In fact the iPhone 4 because nearly as unusable as the 3GS was with iOS 5. Dude. I have an iPhone 4 that I use in my car for my music and it has iOS 7. I have no other apps install outside the core apps and its laggy. That si why Apple did iOS 7.1 to deal with the lag issues. Its not as bad a iOS 7, but it still lags. Your claim that Apple stops upgrades? Sure, once the device is really old. But the 4S isn't that old and iOS8 runs laggy on the 4S. A Nexus 5 running KitKat or Lollipop are still faster than an iPhone 4S with iOS 8. That is fact. Look at this video with a iPhone 5S running iOS 8 vs a Nexus 5 with KitKat. both release the same year, both the same gae basically and look how much better the Nexus is on the more recent OS at the time of the recording. There are videos with the S3 running kitkat that run faster than an older iOS device on iOS8 -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1-KoFpSRCI Wake up!!!! I have proof, do you? http://www.macrumors.com/2014/03/10/ios71-makes-iphone4-snappier/ If what you said was right, why did Apple need to fix the slower laggier iOS7 on iPhone 4? And iOS7 is only how many major updates from what it came with? Only 3...right?

22. seven7dust unregistered

Apple set high standards during the steve jobs era , now it's not the same obviously , still it's not like it lost vs Android , it's comparing the before vs after. Still Apple needs to improve , a lot of people in the Apple community think iO.S 8 was the biggest failure in a long time. hopefully it goes back to before.knowing Apple I have hope that it'll change soon. advantage of a closed eco system , easy to fix issues.

2. Biernot unregistered

wow great feature apple xD

3. johntheone

Posts: 24; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

But of a clear bias against Apple on here, sad.

4. TerryTerius unregistered

For this article to be biased, wouldn't they have to have made a statement based on personal perception? Something measurable like length of animations from one version of an OS to another isn't bias. It's time, which is indeed measurable. Unless you think numbers have an agenda. II suppose you're referring to them simply reporting the fact that some iOS users are complaining about speed of iOS8 & 7 vs previous iterations. Which still isn't bias if you're simply reporting actual news (or stating what others have said). Whether negative news or positive, reporting on the capabilities and issues of any platform is pretty much a tech sites job. iOS would be included in that, they aren't any more immune to issues or lacking a need for improvement in some areas than anyone else.

8. Bootutu

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

They are just sensitive little people high on estrogen, just calm them down gently.

14. g2a5b0e unregistered

You're using way too much logic for the fanboys right now, Terry. Slow it down.

24. MrHate

Posts: 318; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

Terry please. The title says iOS 8 vs. iOS 3 and the only thing he compares is where iOS 8 falls short. It's like only comparing the Z3 with the S6 and only pointing out the whole time that the Z1 is water resistant while the S6 isn't without pointing out the all the areas where the S6 is far superior.

26. johntheone

Posts: 24; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

I was referring to the site, not this article.

6. drunkenjay

Posts: 1697; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

well it kind of clears up the fact that even ios devices lag and they shouldnt be bagging out other os'

5. MahmoudHamsharii

Posts: 70; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

@Daniel P IOS 8 VS IOS "3"?

7. skyline88

Posts: 698; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

iOS feels clumsier now? no way, iOS was already clumsy since 2007.

28. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

You might not have been old enough to have a phone at that time of you are saying that.

9. twens

Posts: 1180; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

The truth is People keep mixing consistency With no lag. iOS isn't lag free, anyone who claims that certainly doesn't own an apple device. I had a 5s just moved a day to 6 plus. They all lagged but not in a way you'll think. There's stutter and slow input sometimes in safari and mostly the keyboard. The difference is this. iOS has very nice animations that eliminate lag unlike android. Android also isn't consistent like iOS. Besides the safari and keyboard lag it's very uncommon to witness lag in the home screen or opening app transitions. Android does that more often at least on some models. Both platforms lags but one is more consistent tha the other and one also does a good job at hiding it's lag.

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

You sure about that My Nexus 5 lags/stutters far less than my iPad Mini 2 Also apps crash less on my Nexus 5 But to be fair to Apple, 80% of the time its Facebook which crashes and the Android Facebook app is also very terrible

19. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

You are absolutely right. Based from my observations, iOS feels smoother because its animations are already preloaded. Compare it to Android, where all the stuff are loaded in real-time while the animations is running, it results in stuttering. iOS completes its animations first before it starts loading the app data, you can clearly see it from basically any apps, where the app "windows" zooms in, but you literally get no controls and texts after a few seconds in finishes the animations and starts loading the data. Also in extreme cases in older hardware, such as when switching between apps in iOS 7, you may even notice the preview is pixelated during the zoom animations. It's basically a screenshot that is preloaded so that everything feels smooth. So yes, iOS is indeed smarter at hiding lags. Want to see where iOS fails at doing it? Try observing iPhone 4 with iOS 7.

10. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

I find both iOS evenly clumsy

33. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Even CM is Buggy!

12. Hashed unregistered

You can turn the animations off from the developer options menu... Oh!! wait... Yes ios is closed, mabe they can learn a couple of things from Android.

17. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Apple should really implement some kind of animation manager... In android i like to keep my animations, but I set it to 0.5x

18. maherk

Posts: 6960; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Same here, i always do it for my friend's, family members, and my Galaxy phones, and they are always shocked how snappier their phones get.

23. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I always set them to 10x and smoke a cigarette in the mean time :)

25. seven7dust unregistered

there are plenty of jailbreak tweaks that to do this for the more technically inclined like me. but for others there are settings in accesability section to set the animations to blur which improves the speed drastically.

13. mio15

Posts: 38; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

Pointless! but still interesting to see.

15. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

I have none of that on my note 4 as I just tested.

20. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

iOS 7 and 8 tried its best to be an Android that's why now it lags and freezes.

27. NIK01

Posts: 40; Member since: Apr 29, 2013

Slow animations?? Maybe the last reason for to jailbreak. For better browsing experiences, you even have to leave IOS completely.

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