Apple iPhone 4s owners might want to hold off on downloading iOS 8
posted by Alan F. / Sep 17, 2014, 9:55 PM
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.
source: ArsTechnica via RedmondPie
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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 Sep 17, 2014, 9:56 PM 30
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posted on Sep 17, 2014, 10:25 PM 22
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I'm just going to bookmark this page. You do have a point though.
posted on Sep 17, 2014, 10:29 PM 6
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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 Sep 18, 2014, 12:03 AM 2
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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 Sep 17, 2014, 11:13 PM 0
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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 Sep 17, 2014, 11:27 PM 1
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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/2
posted on Sep 18, 2014, 12:09 AM 1
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 Sep 18, 2014, 1:55 AM 5
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"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 Sep 18, 2014, 6:46 AM 0
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Anybody try it on the iPhone 5? Waiting for more feedback before I take the plunge...to hardware brick death.
posted on Sep 17, 2014, 10:05 PM 1
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I have the iPhone 5 & it works just as good as iOS 7. No problems at all, not with me at least.
posted on Sep 17, 2014, 10:10 PM 3
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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 Sep 17, 2014, 10:23 PM 1
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