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
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.

source: ArsTechnica via RedmondPie

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 64 GB



1. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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).


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011


16. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

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

18. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

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

36. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

48. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

"if" they receive an update lol

50. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

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

15. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I'm just going to bookmark this page. You do have a point though.

33. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 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.

55. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

21. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

25. WallStreetWolf

Posts: 289; Member since: Apr 08, 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.

34. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 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

42. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

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.

53. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 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

56. KingDingaLing

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 11, 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.

57. nodnarb

Posts: 35; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

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

2. The_King

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

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

3. TechDork

Posts: 404; Member since: May 10, 2010

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

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...

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.

6. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 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.

8. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 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.

14. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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?

61. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

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

27. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

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

30. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I hope you were joking because that was highly ignorant.

40. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Lol, the butthurt is strong with this one.

51. darkkjedii

Posts: 31752; Member since: Feb 05, 2011


58. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

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

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